Transition Training Programme

The Transition Training Programme provides person centred training to young people (school leavers) with Intellectual Disabilities. The programme is aimed at facilitating personal, social and independent skills development of its trainees in accordance with their individual wishes, goals and needs. The primary focus of the programme is to facilitate effective community inclusion by creating opportunities whereby trainees can develop skills needed for active citizenship.

This programme is an extension of The Bridge and Grangebeg Camphill communities. Its approach to learning is based on the ethos of the two life-sharing communities, whereby everyone engages with each other regardless of their abilities and age. As a result, trainees are offered opportunities to participate in the various social and cultural activities in both communities such as the participation in plays and other community activities to mark specific events, community choir, community gatherings, etc, which takes place in both communities. The aim therefore, is to incorporate the process of personal, social and independent skills development.

Programme Design 

The Transition Training Programme is designed to align with the HSE’s New Direction framework. Its purpose is to provide a person-centred training programme that is based on a flexible and individually tailored support which will enable trainees to develop personal, social and indipendent skills in accordance with their individual wishes, goals and needs.

The Programme is delivered through the existing vocational training facilities (workshops) which are available in the two Camphill communities involved in the programme. Basic life skills training, social development, creative and vocational skills training takes place within the established training facilities in the two communities. The manageable size of the group of trainees on the programme allow for an individualised approach and strong emphasis on personal goals and needs.

Training occurs by means of participation in a number of vocational activities within the various training facilities in the two life-sharing communities involved in the programme. This creates opportunities for trainees to encounter real-life vocational and social situations which will build confidence and self-esteem while fostering creativity and a sense of achievement. In addition, specific trainings are also delivered through group activities, one-to-one sessions, and other relevant adult education/training programmes in the local communities (e.g. ETB, VTOS, Latch-On programme, etc.). 

Person-centered Approach to Learning

The approach to learning is one that is aimed at facilitating individual trainee to explore their potentials in progressive stages, which is determined by the trainees’ own identified strengths and need for support. Central to this approach is the development and periodic review of an Individual Training Plan (ITP), which sets out achievable learning objectives within a given timeframe.

The programme's approach consists of the following:

  • Emphasis on life skills learned through everyday activities
  • Providing support and opportunities for self-advocacy and decision making
  • Providing support and opportunities to learn social skills and to form social connections
  • Training in vocational skills through practical experiences in a number of vocational training facilities.
  • Working at trainees’ own pace with achievable yet challenging learning objectives

Who can attend?

The Transition Training programme is available to trainees who experience barriers to conventional learning due to intellectual disabilities. Trainees must be 18years of age or over, and must be eligible for full funding by the HSE. Places are offered subject to the centres’ capacity to meet the support needs of each applicant, and based on assessments carried out during an initial 2 weeks trial placement, and if successful, followed by  subsequent 12 weeks course determination phase.

Contact us:

For more information about the programme 

Tel: 0879944729 or  045-481597





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