Training at Seagull Print

Seagull Print aims to provide employment training and rehabilitation, within the context of a commercial enterprise, for people with mental health problems seeking to return to mainstream employment.

We aim to enhance our placement of trainees employment opportunities by providing work experience and work preparation training, support and guidance in a sympathetic and supportive, yet realistic, working environment.

The project is managed by a team of experienced and committed voluntary directors who have expertise in mental health, business and finance. The directors work closely with a small team of professional staff.

As we are in every sense a commercial operation, we have been able to create a work ethos and culture which replicates a mainstream working environment. This ensures that preparation is realistic and thorough, and that clients are aware of what an employer is likely to expect.

The training programme focuses on key requirements at work including, punctuality, regular attendance, discipline, developing appropriate workplace relationships and the timely completion of tasks to a satisfactory standard.

The way in which we organise ourselves allows us to respond to the needs of each individual and the environment is safe enough to allow trainees to take risks and make mistakes.

Key elements of the training programme

Our well developed links with local businesses, training providers and mental health service specialists enables us to offer our clients the best possible opportunities. We are able to offer:

  • Work experience placements in design and printing, retail, and office administration.
  • Careers guidance
  • Job preparation training, (interview techniques, CVs and application forms).
  • External voluntary work opportunities.
  • Job search
  • Use of our resource room with access to personal computers, local vacancy information and training opportunities

Invitation to employers

We are continually developing links with local businesses and very much welcome contact from you should you have vacancies or if you feel that you may do at some point in the future. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our service and how your involvement with us could benefit all parties.

Of course, if you do have vacancies at any time, please send us the details as we may have a suitably qualified or experienced candidate for you.

Referring potential training candidates

To refer anyone to us please call Seagull's Employment Training Officer who is the main point of contact. An interview will then be arranged to assess the suitability of our services to the individual's needs, and discuss options we are able to offer.

Referrals are normally taken from health professionals and key workers. Self-referrals are accepted on the understanding that key workers may become involved. We can also provide an initial assessment and referral service to individuals and referral agents.

Training Application Form

If you or a service user would like to join our training programme then please feel free to download an application form here.

Please note that you may fill in Section One but Section Two must be filled in by a health professional which can either be your GP or a member of staff from a CMHT.

Self-referrals are accepted on the understanding that key workers may become involved.