The Compass Project

During term time we run a supported work experience programme called the Compass Project. In its 5th year, Compass Projects adopts a “learning by doing” approach to support people with learning disabilities and autism to gain work experience, confidence, and transferable work skills.


From Yellow Submarine’s award-winning training centres in central Oxford and Witney, and in a friendly group setting, members are supported through a range of bespoke training in topics including but not limited to: team working, health & safety and customer service. Learners also explore their interests and skills through undertaking a wide variety of practical work tasks on offer, both in-house and within community settings; for example, numeracy and literacy based tasks, cash handling, purchasing ingredients, and/or creating enterprise products such as gifts and snacks for sale.


Yellow Submarine is an ASDAN registered centre so there are also opportunities to work towards an Entry Level 2 Award in Employability. If appropriate and when ready, some members can also progress on Yellow Submarine’s higher level training programmes [link].


For more information about this project take a look at our FAQ’s below or contact Lisa.

Who is this aimed at?

It is aimed at people with learning disabilities aged 18+ who would like the benefits of going to a workplace and engaging in meaningful work activities, but aren’t yet ready to work in a mainstream setting.

What support is available?

There is typically a staff ratio of 1 to 3. The training and work is designed to be friendly, to go at whatever pace suits the individual, and to help build social skills, confidence and self-esteem.

When does it run?

Members generally attend once a week, during term time; groups run Monday & Friday in Witney and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in Oxford. (Please note there may be a short waiting list). All sessions are from 10am to 2pm and include lunch. Learners are welcome to stay on until 4pm for our free film clubs (Oxford only).

What does it cost?

All new members are welcome to a free taster session before joining. The cost of the course thereon is £30 per session; direct payment or personal budgets can be used. However, please contact Lisa if cost would be a barrier to attendance.

When and how can I join?

New members can join the programme at any point throughout the course and attend for multiple terms. We offer 12 sessions for the cost of 10, and these can be carried across terms.

Yellow Submarine always meets an individual prior to joining any of our projects, this is to ensure that we can effectively support you. To arrange an informal meeting contact Lisa and come into our cafe for a drink and a chat!

Related Pages:

> The Yellow Sub cafe