Designed for learners who may struggle with the regular school setting, or find mainstream education unsettling, Bath Rugby Foundation and Bath College have partnered to offer a different experience.

Delivering programmes for children and young people across B&NES, Bristol and Wiltshire, the Alternative Learning Hub will begin teaching in September, aligning with the academic year.

The three programmes, BOOST, PHASE and ADVANTAGE, range from ages 14-25 and focus on different elements of a young person’s development.

The BOOST programme targets 14 to 16-year-olds who may struggle to settle in a regular classroom environment. These learners are referred to the Alternative Learning Hub to help them learn ways to cope more effectively, using support and coaching as a solution.

PHASE is a programme for 16 to 19-year-olds, sometimes older, who want to restart or continue their education in an alternative setting than that offered by their school or college. The programme teaches life skills, builds learners’ confidence, and gives young people a second chance at achieving qualifications or securing employment.

The ADVANTAGE programme allows for young people aged 19-25 to gain work experience and inspire and learn from their peers. The programme runs over a four-week period throughout August.

Of the programme, Student Journey Lead Jonathan Wood said: “We’re very excited to be launching the Alternative Learning Hub.

“Currently, there isn’t a group programme that delivers for vulnerable children and young people in the B&NES and Wiltshire area. We’re proud to be part of the team that ensures their vulnerability doesn’t go ignored and make our area more inclusive of these young people.”

Taking referrals now, the Foundation team want to hear from learners themselves, parents, carers, teachers, and other organisations such as housing associations and youth offending and social care teams.

For more information, visit the Alternative Learning Hub webpage.