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Argent College is the latest provision delivering Practical Skills Therapeutic Education to young people aged 16 - 25 years. The curriculum includes a range of practical and vocational activities to help an individual develop their self-awareness and self-confidence, as well as preparing them with transferable skills for life after college. Students will be able to attain achievement awards and qualifications.

Based in the central Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, and set within The New Standard Works, the
college will be an integral part of the local community and offers work experience, social and cultural programmes. As The New Standard Works develops it will include a roof garden, bakery and café providing more opportunities for students to develop essential employment skills, as well as serving the community.

The curriculum at the Standard Works includes a range of traditional crafts, living skills and vocational training. Building on the heritage of the site and area, students will be able to choose sessions including: jewellery, enamelling, leatherwork, textiles, photography, print-making, living skills, catering, breadmaking and candle-making. In addition, they will be able to work on the roof garden, growing vegetables for use in the café and bakery, students will be able to participate in drama, storytelling, the arts and transformative movement.

Drawing on the expertise of Glasshouse College, residential provision will be available, as the need arises, in family and team housing to promote further opportunities to develop independence.

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