Sensory Overload Film – National Autistic Society

Take a look and experience what sensory overload is like for a boy on the autism spectrum.

Warning: this film contains flashing lights, bright colours and loud, sudden noises.

If you’re interested to know more about how this film was made, take a look at the short behind the scenes documentary.

Computing Training #beonline2015

If you’re not sure about computers, or you know someone who needs a bit of help, why not drop in and chat to our team about the support we could give you learning basic computer skills.

• Small group classes
• Informal setting
• Friendly staff
• Fun atmosphere

computer course bedford


First Place Training Bedford , The Mansards, Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RX

01234 262004

Find out more Computing Training Course



Kate Mental Health

‘It’s OK to ask for help’

Kate Middleton spoke about children’s mental health in a video recording, with one of her key messages being that parents shouldn’t be embarrassed if their child needed counselling.

“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it is not a sign of weakness to ask for help. A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. No-one would feel embarrassed about asking for help for a child if they broke their arm. We really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”

“Nationally three children in each class of 30 has a diagnosable mental health issue and another three are at a severe risk of developing similar issues. We aim to help children deal with emotional issues before they become mental health problems requiring treatment or counselling. But we need to take away some of the fear that there might be around mental health, and the support of our Royal Patron should really help with that.”


Safer Internet Day


The internet can be a minefield these days. Parents are being urged to make sure they know what their children are looking at online.

To mark Safer Internet Day on 10 February, the Community Safety Partnership has issued internet safety advice for parents and young people.

  • for parents this includes getting to know the sites their children use and talking to them about the potential risks of using the internet
  • for children this includes information about the dangers of sending and receiving indecent images over the internet

The Community Safety Partnership online safety advice includes links to Bedfordshire Police and CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Centre) where further information is available with ways of reporting online issues.

For more information about Safer Internet Day visit

Or take a look at this Interactive Safer Internet Day Quiz

Kick Start

Kick Start Summer programme got off to a fantastic start as students from Bedford Academy worked with First Place Training Bedford to gain experience of working in groups.  The students engaged in different activities, sometimes working outside their comfort zones. Here is a taste of their summer so far…


Students working with ‘Inspired Life’ including, taking part in physical activities on a canoe trail; helping to create a raft; unloading of canoes and paddles and checking their buoyancy aids. Students worked together to paddle and steer rafts and canoes up and down the River Ouse. Everyone had fun, and showed great team spirit!


I’ve never been in a canoe before – I love it, can’t wait to do it again” – Katie

“I’m Red, I’m Yellow, I’m Blue, and I’m Green” – not quite a rainbow yet then!  Working with Judy, from ‘Clarity 4D’, students discovered their individual strengths and roles within a group. A fascinating insight into each individual.clarity


Helping out at ‘Trinity Arts & Leisure Centre’ to set out football and badminton equipment (and, of course, testing it out with a few games).trinity


Isabel, from the Salvation Army, comments on the activities day, which students helped to make a great success – “A thoroughly positive day for both thechildren and the students.  We look forward to our next venture”salvo2


A Bunch of Mugs… not

Our business plan, devised with the help of Kim and Lee from NatWest Bank…

Our strap line: “The best that I can be for every customermug

Kick Start Summer students make their final voyage using canoes to navigate the River and lock to reach their final destination.  After a 6 mile paddling expedition we made it to the BBQ!  This was the final activity in which the students worked as a team to reach the woods and have a celebratory BBQ with Inspired Life.


Richard from Inspired Life “I thought that the team did well and embraced the spirit and learning in the event”

The students are now off to start their next adventure – gaining places with either First Place Training or other local providers to continue their education and training.




Painting Workshop – Health and Social Care, and Childcare

Health and Social Care, and Childcare students were putting their theory skills into practise during a painting workshop.
The students were learning valuable skills to take into the work place. They are now confident that they could set up a painting activity, display children’s and clients work, in addition to creating an all inclusive learning environment.
They discovered the many benefits and learning outcomes of ‘painting’.
Good fun was enjoyed by all.
Click to view more information on Childcare or Health & Social Care courses.

Traineeships – Administrative Traineeship Dunstable


Current Vacancies

Administrative Traineeship Dunstable

We are looking to recruit two traineeship candidates to support our business, through learning on the job while gaining qualifications.  The traineeship programme allows the candidates the chance to test whether they would like to work for the company before they apply for the Administrator vacancy.

What’s a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is new type of training programme designed to give you the work experience you need to progress onto an Apprenticeship or other type of paid employment in your chosen career area.

You will spend most of your Traineeship with an employer whilst learning in the workplace, you may
also spend some time working towards vocational or employability qualifications. You can also improve your maths and English.

A Traineeship can help you to build up your confidence and give an employer the chance to get to know you before taking you on, without the pressure of a formal recruitment interview.

You will build up valuable work experience and have plenty of new things to add to your CV. The vast majority of Trainees gain employment directly as a result of their Traineeship.

Our aim, through a new national Traineeships scheme, is to find you an unpaid work placement with a local employer so that you can build your confidence, skills and experience through work preparation training and experience.

  • Aged 19-24?
  • Lacking Work Experience?
  • Are you looking for a job?
  • Want to earn a nationally recognised qualification?
  • Do you need information, advice and guidance on employment and learning opportunities?

Find out more about Traineeships