Welcome to CHI

CHI (Classroom in the Heart of Industry) is employment and education training for 16-19 year olds.

It is a unique opportunity to undertake on-the-job training in the hospitality and retail industry
whilst working towards recognised qualifications that will enhance future prospects in employment.

The course provides a blend of intensive ‘classroom’ based learning and
on-the-job training with the development of employability skills.

The students work towards academic qualifications that have a focus on the workplace and
independent living including Financial Skills, Preparation for Working Life and BTEC Hospitality.

Who is CHI for?

The CHI programme is for learners who are aged 16-19 who are looking to develop the skills for employment. To be eligible to apply for the course, students should have an EHC plan or statement in place.

In addition to this applicants will also ideally have:

  • Already achieved some qualifications in literacy and numeracy (at least Entry Level 1)
  • Be independently travel trained
  • Have had a period of successful work experience
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Mission Statement: “We aim to provide a centre of excellence in which individuals are valued and encouraged to give of their best.”

Industry Partners

The course is based over two main sites at present, the Marsham Court Hotel and the Tesco Extra in Bournemouth and students have the opportunity to experience working and learning over both sites.

The staff at Marsham Court & Tesco are fully behind the CHI Programme and work closely with the students to enable them to develop their employability skills and gain an overview of the hospitality industry.

We also have training placements with Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals and Honeybrook Farm among others.

CHI student secures a job at Moors Valley

Congratulations to one of our CHI students who has secured a job at Moors Valley in the cafe for Signature Catering.

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Future Thoughts coffee mornings

These coffee mornings are an opportunity for parents/carers of students in year 8 and above to meet the IAG (Impartial Advice & Guidance) team and discuss …

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Citygate Centre

This Autumn has seen our new classroom open at the Citygate Centre. This is now the main setting for our second year students to undertake …

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Chewton Glen Hotel visit

As part of our BTEC studies the students recently enjoyed our annual visit to the Chewton Glen Hotel to take a look at what top …

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Interested in this unique opportunity? Apply now!