Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals


Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

This term Thornbeck have secured a new link with an employer to support community-based work experience.

Since starting his education programme Ben has identified Horticulture as his vocational area of interest and has completed a range of on site and community-based work experience to date. He is currently working towards a NOCN Entry Level Certificate in Using Employability Skills.

Ben is now accessing weekly work experience with Sunderland Home Grown which will provide him an opportunity to develop a range of new skills and transfer his existing skills and experience to a new environment. The company have secured funding to develop a former council maintenance site into a working nursery facility open to the general -public, he has participated in range of tasks including:

  • Weeding potted plants
  • Weeding the raised flower beds
  • Pruning
  • Using a wheelbarrow to transport soil to extend flower beds
  • Working as part of a team to help lay a gravel path
  • Re-potting plants
  • Weeding the path around the garden centre site

As Sunderland Home Grown is local to where Ben lives this will provide opportunities for Ben to transition to supported employment after college.

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