What is Made In Tain?
• Made In Tain is a social enterprise, set up and run by young people with support needs.
• Made In Tain aims to provide opportunities to learn Work and Life Skills.
Post School Students – Information Sheet

What does Made in Tain have to offer?
Made in Tain offers placements to young people who have left school but who are not ready to enter the workplace. At MIT young people can continue learning skills for living in the community and also to develop the skills and confidence which may enable them to apply for mainstream employment in the future.

We offer placements to those for whom the mainstream workplace may not be a realistic goal, but who nevertheless benefit from experiencing meaningful work. Made in Tain offers a highly supported working environment, which is small scale enough to meet individual needs but at the same provides a peer group and social interaction with the team of staff and volunteers and with the local community.

We allow for a maximum of 5 students per day. The centre has a fulltime Manager and Support Worker and a team of volunteers to support students according to their needs. Placements are costed according to how much support is required and which programmes are being followed. Some students have one-to-one support and others are able to work as part of a small group. Some students are very independent and are able to progress to tutoring other students.

Location and Facilities
Made in Tain has a shop, which is open to the public, and a workshop, which produces soap, candles, greetings cards and other gifts. It also has a private Social Area.

We are located on a quiet street just off Tain High Street, offering the opportunity for students to develop independent living skills by going to local shops and services as part of the day to day running of the business. Students may go out to buy their lunch from local shops if they wish and the kitchen has facilities for preparing simple snacks. The location is convenient for local bus and train services for students who wish to practice independent travel.

Who would benefit from a placement at Made in Tain?
Made in Tain works with a diverse range of young people who have a variety of support needs. In general, pupils who have required support for learning in schools are the group we are working with. We have a limited number of places (usually 5 per day) and so we aim to work with those young people for whom we are most likely to offer benefit.

We are primarily a learning organisation - as a first step into the world of work, students are not paid. However, young people will learn skills specific to Made in Tain (such as candle and soap making, customer care) and will also continue to learn a range of skills which are transferable to other areas of employment (such as communication, working with others, numeracy, problem solving and IT).

Young people who will most benefit from MIT are those who have some communication and social skills, but who need some more time in a positive and supportive environment, in order that they further develop their skills in readiness for mainstream work.

We are a small organisation, which means that we can be flexible in order to meet students’ needs. The best way to determine whether MIT would be a suitable placement is to discuss needs and aims with us.

Health and Safety
Our production processes do involve heat sources, boiling water, hot wax, flammable materials and use of chemicals therefore an awareness of danger and an ability to follow instructions is definitely required. Students will be closely supervised at first, and will receive training in carefully following safe production processes. If students are able to progress to working independently, they will be supported to do so. If students are not able to follow instructions they will be endangering themselves and others, and their placement would have to be discontinued.

Alison Paterson is the Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the Centre. Please phone or email her at any time if you have anything to discuss. Te:l 01862 892221 madeintain@gmail.com

Ways to find out more about Made In Tain

Visit – Potential applicants should firstly contact Alison to determine whether a place is available. We would then encourage the young person and their family or lead professional to visit, so they can meet us and have an informal look around. Pupil needs, learning aims, risk factors and support strategies can be discussed at this stage, to determine what kind of placement and programme would be most suitable. Cost of placements vary according to programme followed and support required.

Induction - If it is then decided that a young person is likely to benefit from a place, young people will then have a series of Induction days, where they will take part in simple production of cards, soaps and candles and introduced to health and safety procedures. Acceptable standards of behaviour, language and respect for others will be discussed and MIT’s expectations will be made clear. These should be regarded as a trial period for both the young person and for MIT.

Placement - Following a successful Induction period, the pupil will be offered a Placement, according to availability. Once a young person has been introduced to the range of job roles and skills they are likely to be involved in, we will write a formal learning plan with the young person, setting some targets for learning. This is not intended to be an onerous exercise but to clarify communication between the young person, MIT staff, parents and professionals, to ensure that we are maximising the learning opportunities for the young person and also enabling the young person to think ahead and to view the placement as a stepping stone to greater future independence.

Reviews of learning plans will take place as required, discussing progress and next steps with the young person. We have found these to be a positive and successful forum to indicate gently when standards of punctuality, hygiene, dress, language or behaviour need to be improved.

Made in Tain should be viewed as a stepping stone to the next stage of life, rather than as a final workplace. Our aim would be for students to leave us, and to gain employment or volunteering if possible.

The Trustees of Made in Tain 22 Jul 2014