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Right at the heart of what we do is the belief that every young person is worth investing in - no matter what their background or circumstances. We deliver training interventions to vulnerable and at-risk young people on soft skills and pre-employment development.
LAUNCHPAD provides young people with something special - Confidence. Our alternative education programmes teach young people who are often NEET (not in employment, education or training) the practical, social, and employability skills that give them back their self-belief. Uniquely, we use highly effective drama training exercises, street dance, and improvisation to help our trainees develop an empathy to others, individuality, trust, cooperation, communication skills and above all - confidence. Trainees are equipped with the ability to present themselves for first time jobs and apprenticeships with renewed self-worth and a willingness to learn.
We are a well-established team of educators, trainers, facilitators and coaches with expertise in transitioning young people into the world of work. We provide hands-on alternative educational courses supported by specialist knowledge at PhD level.
Our professional actor/facilitators and associates in drama, dance and presentation skills, enable us to simulate and explore realistic social and working environments, successfully challenging and developing our trainees.
Graham Pountney – Director
Graham brings 20 years’ experience as a communication skills trainer and entrepreneur, plus 40 years’ experience as a professional actor to the LAUNCHPAD business.
Rose Turner - Programme Designer/Facilitator
Rose brings to LAUNCHPAD her experience in social cognition and applied theatre & creative arts in social care, education and prisons. She holds a Diploma in Psychology, and is a Doctoral researcher in Psychology investigating the social benefits of arts engagement.
Tom McElhinney – Accounts
Every course is designed to meet the needs of every individual, and is aimed at giving them a quality start to their working lives. Our courses are bespoke to reflect the different needs of each client, whilst incorporating our unique commitments:
On a Launch Pad programme, young people will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and experience new possibilities in a safe and supportive environment. They will be supported to gain employment and come off state benefits. They will leave LAUNCHPAD with confidence, self-belief and a unique personal flight-plan.