Bridge Business Centre (Post 16)

Bridge Business Centre- what we offer-

In September 2018 the Bridge Training and Development set up a dedicated training centre for post 16 students known as the Bridge Business Centre in Barnard’s Green, Malvern. Students on an Education Health Care Plan, can attend the Bridge Business Centre.

We offer a small group of Year 12 and 13 individuals the opportunity to carry out their 6th form experience as trainees in a real work environment. The Bridge Business Centre has three businesses based on site where trainees can develop relevant understanding, skills and experience. This will give them the head-start they need in preparing for working life.

The three business areas are manufacturing, catering and retail. Trainees will choose the business area they wish to work in. The Business Tutor and Careers Development Coordinators will support the students to gain a City and Guilds Employability Skills qualification.

We have full-time Careers Development Coordinators, who provide support with careers planning and exploration, and help prepare and support trainees for their work experience tasters. Year 12 trainees will visit a range of work places. In Year 13 there is a greater emphasis on job searching, interview skills training and longer work placements appropriate to the individual.

All staff provide pastoral support to trainees and an ongoing focus on social and independent living skills.

All trainees are offered free membership to the Malvern Splash Leisure Centre.

Bridge Business Centre – three business areas-


Trainees will work on an ‘assembly line’, building a scale model car from start to completion. These cars have working steering, electric motors, brakes and lights. Trainees will learn a wide range of practical skills including following plans, carpentry, basic mechanics/electronics and paint finishes. They will also experience the business aspects from resourcing and costing materials to sales and profit. Trainees will have work placements in an area of their interest which could led to a career in a wide range of manufacturing, product assembly work, practical or creative roles.


Trainees will work in our catering kitchen producing a range of meals that are made to order for customers across Malvern. They will also make a variety of food products to sell at markets and online. Working in a catering kitchen they will learn food hygiene, customer service, order processing and budgeting. Trainees will visit cafes, restaurants and hotels, alongside their work placements, to further broaden their experience.


Trainees will work in two online retail businesses. They will learn skills such as processing, packaging and dispatching orders, as well as understanding the processes of marketing, sales and profit.

Trainees with support, will undertake work placements in a variety of retail outlets. They will learn important skills such as customer care, using a till and merchandising.

Working in Partnership

We value a close partnership with parents/ carers with weekly feedback. Comprehensive progress reports are sent termly to parents/carers, SEND team or sending agency. Education, Health, Care plan annual reviews will take place each year at the Bridge Business Centre.

For further information please see our flier Business Centre Flier 5

Please contact Neil Hornby , Managing Director on 01684 778400 for further information.

Address- Unit 10, Sixways Industrial Estate, Barnards Green, Malvern WR14 3LY

We are situated behind the Barnards Green Fish Bar, chip shop.

Term Dates For the Bridge Business Centre
Bridge Business Centre Term dates 2018-2019

Spring Term 2019

Term commences Monday 7th January   2019               6 weeks

Half Term Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February

Term last day Friday 12th April                                       7 weeks

Summer Term 2019

TE day Monday 29th April 2019

Term commences Tuesday 30th April                           4 weeks

Half Term Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May

Term last day Friday 19th July 2019                               7 weeks


The Bridge is an approved City and Guilds Centre.
Bridge Training & Development is a registered charity No 1122536