Safe Opportunities

Admissions Statement

Safe Opportunities is dedicated to working with and preparing as many young people as possible for employment, apprenticeships and positive outcomes.

Safe Opportunities work with students from the age of 12 up to the age of 25 through the Step16 programme and Supported Internship programmes. Many young people progress through the programmes we offer and stay with our team for a few years on their work related learning journey.

Since September 2020 we have been delighted to see the positive impact of our Step 16 and post 19 Supported internship programmes and the successful outcomes for our students. Due to this success, we are gradually increasing the number of places we offer for our programmes and will increase them again in September 2022 to 25 x Step16 places and 10 x post19 supported internship places. As places are taken quickly, we do also hold a waiting list of potential students who would like to join the programme if a place comes available throughout the year.

As Covid restrictions have eased we have been able to see many of our Step 16 students now fully accessing their work placements. Safe Opportunities staff have been able to visit students regularly at their placements and it has been wonderful for staff to see our students flourish in a working environment and move on to positive outcomes. This progression is why we hope to keep expanding the places that we offer on the Step 16 and post 19 Supported internship programme over the next few years.

We prioritise students by the following criteria –

  • Students who are already on one of the Safe Opportunities programmes.
  • Student who reside in the local Crewe and Cheshire East areas (ie postcode CW).
  • Cared for students or those who have recently been in the care system.

Safe Opportunities will not take on more students than we have the staff or resources for as we will not compromise on the standards of high quality programmes that we offer our young people.

Safe Opportunities will not engage in discussions around provision for students on the waiting list but will keep their support staff informed if a place on the Step16 programme is likely to be available for the student.

We encourage parents, schools and professionals to contact us with any enquiries about the Step16 programme or any of our other programmes by emailing -


Safe Opportunities are currently awaiting an Ofsted inspection which will be made accessible on the website for anyone to view upon completion.

Key policies

Below are some of Safe Opportunities key policies:

Complaints procedure

A complaint made by any professional, parent or Safe Opportunities student is taken very seriously and will be handled with both sensitivity and urgency by Safe Opportunities staff. It is our priority to ensure that any issues are properly documented, met with with appropriate actions and resolved.