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Time Spent Learning about Time Management for Students in Bognor

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

In Bognor we have been learning about how time is managed in the workplace and how we can get better at our own time management. Learners have set their own targets to improve on time management as they have realised that punctuality is a great marker of success. You have to be in it to win it, after all!

We worked as a team to identify what different problems can do for the workplace – not delivering on time gives a business a bad reputation and can lead to losing customers and even threatening the whole business. Learners created colourful mind maps to show all their ideas and thought realistically about how they could make improvements for themselves. One learner even created their own reward system and set small, easy-step targets to improve. Recognising that even if it’s a difficult day personally, you can still achieve some basic goals, which is very good for our mental health and helps avoid negative ‘binary’ thinking – such as “I am a failure” or “I can’t”. Quite often action comes first, and a new, good habit follows. So put one foot in front of the other and improve your time management skills too!

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We offer employability courses for 16-24 year-olds in Worthing, Bognor and Uxbridge that include accredited qualifications in English and maths, career advice, and help finding work experience. Start any time of the year and take exams when you’re ready. For more information about our programmes and how to make a referral please call 01903 823546.

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Partnership opportunity with asphaleia on Future Focus

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Do you work with NEET young people aged 16-24?

Are you based in the Coast to Capital region?


asphaleia is seeking new delivery partners for its Future Focus project, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund. Future Focus supports NEET young people aged 16-24 to progress into EET and runs until September 2020. asphaleia is interested in hearing from potential partners with a track record of supporting NEET young people into EET who are able to deliver the elements of the project set out in the tender specification. A budget of £160k is available to support 100 participants. The deadline for tenders is 11th June.

Download further information about the requirement, and the documents for completion here:

Future Focus partnership tender specification FINAL

Future Focus tender application form

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Training taster week 13th – 17th May

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Taster week 

This week we are hosting another taster week – an opportunity for anyone interested in any of our training programmes to come to our centre in Worthing to see what different programmes we have on offer for young people.

Our taster week is running from 13th – 17th May and you are welcome to drop by any time between 9-4, but we do recommend that you call in order for us to tell you the best times to come in on that day.

What is a taster week?

A taster week is an opportunity for young people and professionals to get a first-hand classroom experience of asphaleia.

Why should I come to a taster session?

Get involved! Curious about what we offer? Keen to see inside a classroom? This is a fun, informal way for you to see what it’s like learning at asphaleia.

Where is it?

In our training centre in Worthing – 22 Liverpool Gardens, BN11 1RY.

When is it?

9-4 every day, 13th – 17th May.

How do I find out more, or book?

Call 01903 522966, or email

If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in any of our programmes at asphaleia, please email

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Joint venture open morning

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

On Saturday 11th May from 10.30am – 12pm, we will be hosting a joint venture open morning for our Fostering and Training provisions at our Training Centre.


Our fostering manager Kim has a wealth of experience training and supporting foster carers from the start of their journey with asphaleia. We are currently in great need of foster carers and offer competitive rates of pay, training and support, as well as a rewarding job. Kim will be giving a short presentation to people who may be interested in fostering or would like to find out more.


It is an exciting time for us at asphaleia training, with three programmes on offer to 16 – 24-year-olds. We want to make sure that anyone interested in any of our diverse programmes has all of the information they need, which is why our engagement officer Gracie will be giving a short presentation on Saturday morning in order to explain our different programmes and what they can offer.

We will have refreshments and activities for all of the family in a relaxed and informal setting,so why not come along and find out what we can offer you? We hope to see you at 22 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, BN11 1RY on 11th May 2019, from 10.30 – 12.


If you have any questions or comments, or to book your place, please email or call us directly on 01903 522966.

An asphaleia Student Shares Her Inspiring Story

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Most of the young asylum seekers have different stories to tell but there are some things that make us similar too. Now that we are in the UK we almost go through the same path. For instance, sharing houses, having a social worker and attending asphaleia. Although not all young asylum seekers go to asphaleia but we all get to go to school at some point.

My experience at asphaleia is great. It is my first experience of education in the UK. Though I live with many young people in my accommodation, I still get to meet with new people, new friends and of course the teachers. asphaleia is a little different than my old school back in my country. Over here, we have smaller class with smaller number of learners. Although it is different than what I am used to, I still like it and appreciate it as it is because the teachers get to understand what you want, who you want to be and as an individual. The teachers are understanding and patient.

When I grow up, I want to be an architect because I like to design buildings and be creative. I have completed my Level 2 in English and in the process of doing my Level 1 Maths. I plan to complete my Level 2 in Maths here and after that I am going to go to college. I would like to finish my A Levels in college and go on to university. Hopefully I will achieve my dream to become an architect.

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Apart from Maths and English, we have Life and Living classes at asphaleia. This subject is basically about what is good and what is bad for us in life.  As we come here alone and we don’t really have much experience in life, we need people to help us and advice us what to do. For instance, we learn about healthy living where we learn what kind of food is recommended for us to eat in order to be healthy. We also learn how to respect people and some of the norms of the English society which are sometimes little different from ours. I personally think that this subject is really helpful because I got to learn and be reminded of the things I should do and not do.

As I mentioned above, I want to be an architect and I’m trying to work on that. It is really hard being separated from your family, relatives and friends. However, we have support workers who checks on us and shows us how to do things that we don’t know. For me everything is new and different as in the past my family did everything for me. However, here I need to be independent and I am getting used to do things by myself.

It is a difficult journey but nothing comes easy in life. I will continue to work hard to fulfill my dream and be successful in my life. I know I can and I will.

Thank you.


Young Person’s Week

27th February 2019

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Pancake Day in an ESOL Lesson

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Pancake Day is a term used in the United Kingdom for Shrove Tuesday. This is the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is a day of penitence to clean the soul and the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

This year, we at asphaleia training in West London did lots of learning about Shrove Tuesday. During our lesson, we shared about the Christian traditions. Including the 40 days before Easter known as Lent, which mark the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert.

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Our learners, who come from different parts of the world learned that traditionally, Christians would mark the period with prayers and fasting, abstaining from a whole range of foods, including meat, eggs, fish, fats and milk. They learned that Shrove Tuesday is also known as “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday”, as it became a traditional custom to eat pancakes as a meal. We also discussed how some other countries celebrate the day too.  For instance, in France, it is called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In Sweden, it is called Fettisdagen and interestingly, in Spain, it’s actually ‘Omelette Day’ or ‘Día de la Tortilla’ where they eat omelettes! We discussed if there are pancakes eaten around the world and if they were similar or different. It was revealed that anjero is a type of pancake in Somalia, dosa in India, okonomiyaki in Japan, pannukakku in Finland, crepes in France and of course pancakes in the United Kingdom.

We also took the opportunity to learn how to make pancakes by watching a video on Youtube. The learners’ comprehension was later tested with a Q&A session. At the end of the lesson, all of our young people celebrated Pancake Day by savouring delicious pancakes with a topping of their choice. The options were maple syrup, Nutella or a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of castor sugar. They all enjoyed it very much!

Pancake Day eating pancakes in ESOL lesson

Finally we told our learners… “So now that you know how to make pancakes and the history behind Pancake Day, go make yourself a few pancakes as a treat!”

To find out more about our ESOL classes and/or OnTrack programme for 16-18 year-olds, call us on 01903 823546.

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Halfway Through Young Person’s Week 2019!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

It has been an inspiring week so far as staff across the organisation have been sharing the many successes of the young people they are working with.

We are gushing and we know it! That’s what this week is all about. We have been finding out more about our young people via our Instastories. On Monday we did a poll asking about their biggest barrier to learning with a choice of ‘self-confidence’ or ‘self-motivation’. Self-confidence proved to be the bigger issue with 67% of the vote. Follow us on @asphaleiainsta to catch our updates this week. Without further ado, here is another fantastic piece of creative writing as featured in Visable Inc.

Another Door Opens

Why I left: I found it difficult to talk to people and make friends. I don’t feel I was helped enough.

Why I’m back: I am back because I want qualifications, a good job, and to work hard.

I have anxiety I become nervous in social situations. I want to make friends.

I’ve always found school hard and I want to change that by coming asphaleia and become the best I want to be, and I really want to achieve my best and work hard and not give up my goals and ambitions.

I used to feel so isolated and alone in myself and in general at school and I feel like I was not helped enough but asphaleia will help me with my general anxieties.  And, by me coming here will really help me with my issues and hopefully make friends.

I’m going to be attending asphaleia now regularly. And I want to feel brilliant.

I feel like a brilliant person. I’m not weird I just have unique ways of doing things and I am kind and smart and helpful.

I want my door to open wide and I want to achieve my best goals possible. I reckon with asphaleia they can help me enough to achieve my goal as a manager and make friends in a positive environment like asphaleia and I feel confident and comfortable enough coming here every Monday and Tuesday as per my timetable.



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Beautiful Creative Writing From an asphaleia Learner

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

In January, a group of our learners contributed to the January edition of the Visable Inc online magazine. They wrote pieces on their experience of coming back to education and the reasons why they left. The are compelling and inspiring pieces of creative writing, clearly written from the heart. We’re proud to be sharing them with you this week.

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The Anxiety Box

Why I left: Anxiety

Why I’m back: I want to try and get some sort of education. I want help with my anxiety. I think I have that now.

“What’s your excuse?” My body speaks more than my mouth: I stumble, I stand still. All they did was put me at the back of the classroom. I can’t speak. My mind has made its decision – I need to get out. I need to know that the door is open. If I know it is, I’m more likely to stay. But they don’t understand that. Even if I could speak, what would I say? I look it up online – there is a word that I can’t pronounce – is this another box to be trapped in? If I can’t even say it, how can I face it?

I feel trapped.
I need to know that I can get out.
I know I need to calm down – but no one helps me to try.
Breathing  becomes bumpy.
I am panting pathetically.
I am making childish noises from my supposedly adult mouth.
I want to leave. I want to leave. I want to leave.

There are rules – I can’t leave whilst people are looking at me. Sometimes I feel that people trap me. My transparent box sees the eyes are staring in. I don’t even know how I got into the box, but somehow I keep going back in. I look it up online – there is a word that I can’t pronounce – is this another box to be trapped in? If I can’t even say it, how can I face it?


To see this as part of the Visable Inc January publication, click here


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Safer Internet Day 2019 in Uxbridge

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

In today’s modern world, keeping up with technology can be both time consuming and complex. With our new generation spending time online more and more these days, it’s vital that we explicitly teach young people how to stay safe whilst being online.

On the 5th February 2019, our young people in Uxbridge (West London) participated in the Safer Internet Day.  Although they were very good with technology, they still lacked the awareness of the danger with the internet, for instance anything about viruses, online privacy, phishing, social networking etiquette and other internet safety and security issues that is considered important.

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During the lesson, we discussed what can be shared online and otherwise. The lesson was to remind all learners that it is crucial to remember that everything we do over the web is captured forever and could come back to haunt us some day. For instance, many employers and university admissions offices look at social media profiles when researching candidates.

Also, learners brainstormed ideas on how they connect and the gadgets they use like smart phones, tablets and even old fashioned computers need to be protected as well. They went on talking about the use of sensible passwords and protection and how it can be helpful in the long run.

Some of our young people have played games online before and offered to share their two cents relating to online strangers. They said there are strangers online because they don’t always know who they are talking to and this could end up being detrimental. The discussion continued with the different ways one could connect with strangers online such as online games, Facebook and Instagram. They then watched a video presentation on how to handle strangers online. It was a good presentation as it got the learners to think about questions like, “What sort of information should we not tell a stranger?” We elicited a variety of answers from our young people, ensuring that details like “home address,” “phone number,” “full name” were emphasized.

Overall, it was a fun-filled, informative lesson with learners reflecting the issues that our young generation are facing as well as tackling emerging trends that could leave a lasting impact on online users.

Well done to our learners for engaging brilliantly in this lesson. #asphaleiayoungpersonsweek2019

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10 Reasons I Like asphaleia training

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

From the  25th February to 3rd of March, asphaleia is holding it’s third Young Person’s Week. During this week we make a big effort to celebrate the many successes and achievements of the young people we are working with. We couldn’t be prouder of every young person who comes through our door looking to make a positive change for their future. So stay tuned for some serious boasting! Ahead of #asphaleiayoungpersonsweek2019 our student ambassador had a chat with a member of staff and came up with ten reasons why she likes asphaleia.

1. The staff are helpful
Nothing feels like a stupid question. They all seem to know what is going on generally even though it is different subjects. You can tell they work with each other and I feel like they care about my education.

2. Nice atmosphere where you can be yourself
Everyone here seems to understand that school wasn’t easy. No one asks questions or acts like you are stupid. People come here to get the grades they need and then they can move on. It is nice to be in a class with people who think the same way as me.

3. Students are very easy to get on with
Everyone’s nice!

4. Tutors challenge us to learn new things
Sometimes it can be annoying when you do things wrong. But when the teacher reminds you that you won’t learn unless you try to do new things, it makes it clear they are doing it to make us better.

5. We have input into our education
We are a part of interviews for new staff and we get asked about what we like and what we don’t like.

6. Work experience
At school I didn’t get any, here, we get to plan things that we actually find interesting and want to go into instead of a standard one everyone goes on.

7. We are responsible for our learning
Teachers always say that if I work hard and attend I can do well and I actually believe them now!

8. The learning helps me feel more prepared for a job
Especially in employability – I feel like I’m more ready to have a job now because I have a CV, have plans, have looked at how to apply and I know what employers like and don’t like.

9. Exams are flexible
You don’t have to wait until a set time to do them if your teacher thinks you are ready.

10. It’s fun!
I actually enjoy learning here!

If you, or someone you know, may be interested in studying at asphaleia, email to find out more.