Vocational skills

Vocational StudiesThe THRIVE Approach



Young people learn practical vocational woodwork and carpentry skills, setting out, manufacturing of basic joinery items, the theory behind carpentry and joinery while learning health and safety in construction.

Mechanics & Engineering

Our young people work on exciting projects across a variety of motor vehicles from go-karts to classic cars. Pupils learn about vehicle maintenance, service and repair, blending practical with functional skills theory. 


We deliver BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies,  a flexible course structure that blends theory with practical application. 

Pupils can learn multi-trades: carpentry, mechanics, engineering, electrics, painting, and building maintenance.

Bespoke Education


Through hands-on learning, pupils will undertake domestic electrical installation, electrical circuit installation, lighting circuit installation and more.

These pathways enable learners to gain knowledge and vocational skills with a unique blend of theory and practical.


Learning trades.

Changing lives!


Students work in our Canterbury workshop, our learners have access to industry-standard equipment and machinery. Our workshop offers an exciting place for students to participate in unique projects. Leaners have access to go-karts and other motor vehicles, and the additonal opportunity to repair and resell different motors. Helping them to gain vital vocational skills, trade skills and business experience to support employment opportunities in the 21st Century.

Young people are encouraged to take ownership of the workshop and develop building maintenance skills by upgrading our sites. It is important that our young people feel they are a part of the space and have contributed to the development of the workshop.

BTEC Level 1 Vocational Studies, has a learner-centred curriculum, with a flexible unit-based structure. Construction classes can re-engage learners holistically, which gives room for progress academically, socially and emotionally.

Our BTEC pathways are bespoke and tailored to the individual offering young people  ongoing social and emotional support alongside their BTEC qualification.

With consistent and positive outcomes for students, 2019 on average saw pupil engagement rise from 11% to 95% within the first four months.  Our results remain consistent and impressive.


“Ruth taught me during years 10 and 11. She helped me a lot with my learning and with life; a lot was going on at home and school, and things were tough. Every day at school, Ruth made me feel welcome; more than I felt at home during that time. Having my Maths and English has helped me a lot. I’m really lucky that I have a great job now. I am here at Auto Windowscreens, making a good life for myself!”

Billy, Tuition Extra Pupil

“I couldn't rate this company enough. My son absolutely loves Mark, Brittany, Maura and Amin and, in the short time he has been seeing them, has progressed 2 levels in both Maths and Science. Ruth has been incredibly helpful in accommodating our busy schedule. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for tuition for their children."

Parent, Feedback

“Tuition Extra are an amazing and caring organisation whose efforts have restored an enthusiasm for learning in both my children who now actually look forward to lessons. My family and I cannot thank Ruth and her colleagues enough!!”

Parent, Feedback

“You have all been incredible in the way that you have supported *****. Genuinely going above and beyond. It has been a relief to know that he is being supported by such committed teachers!”

Canterbury City & Coastal College

“I commend you for the work you have done with ****!
He could not stop talking about your teaching approach and how much he enjoyed it. Never in my career did I think **** would be excited to learn. I am most grateful for your support, and while it is still early days, it is hugely encouraging progress. ”

Thanet Children in Care Team

“My husband was gravely ill they bent over backwards to support me and my children. The Head of Service Ruth has integrity, both to her clients and staff. Tuition Extra go the extra mile!”

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Construction Pathways