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The LAB Project is our unique flagship course in improving confidence and employability skills in the local community.



Since 1997 over 4000 people across the North of England have successfully completed the course with all participants going onto progress into employment, training, volunteering or further education.

Designed for unemployed adults aged 19+, the LAB Project is a two week course combining team working, confidence building and communication skills, working towards participants delivering a drama workshop in a school during the second week.  All participants who complete the course will gain an accredited Level 1 Award in Progression.

"Very effective… underlining the important message that everyone has the skills and the talent to make a difference."


The late Paul Goggins, M.P

This is followed by development of individual action plans, a tailored progression route for each participant and follow up sessions working alongside individuals for 6 weeks following the course.

The LAB Project currently runs during term time in Kirklees, Manchester and Doncaster. For further information about upcoming courses please see our LAB Project DATES panel.

What our participants say about the opportunity:


"This course helped me find myself. I had been socially inactive for so long that I had forgotten who I really was. It helped me find my personality that I had forgotten. I had for the first time in a long time felt comfortable to actually be myself! The LAB is so unique because it really is inclusive. Challenge by Choice really spoke to me and the idea of me having the control to expand my comfort zone was like magic.

I am now socially active and my wellbeing has improved. I have had support through every step of my journey from The LAB and I now am back in work doing my dream job and supporting others with the Prince's Trust"



Interested in the LAB Project in your area?

The course is available in two week blocks and can be tailored to meet the needs of your clients/demographic.

For information about the LAB Project please contact Chris Higham on:

or 01484 514687

The LAB Project’s Key Strengths:
  • An absolutely assured knowledge of methodology and an impressive gift in realising this
    for participants.

  • An inspirational sensitivity to individual and group needs.

  • A highly imaginative use of materials and group needs.

  • An impressive knack in knowing when to intervene and re-group, in a group of very diverse individuals working at different pace.

  • A tremendous ability to build up trust and group- awareness in vulnerable individuals.


Findings by the Manchester Adult Education Service


on Facebook

  • Facebook - Black Circle

Read Proper Job's case study of the LAB Project


on Twitter

Read some other stories of previous LAB participants

LAB for funders

LAB Dates


15th - 26th October
5th - 23rd November
3rd - 14th December
Venue: 48A Byram Arcade,
3rd Floor Byram Arcade, Huddersfield
For more info about the Kirklees based LABs contact:
or phone Mal on: 07716 615 312
13th September - 1st October
4th - 22nd October
1st - 19th November
22nd November - 10th December 
Venue: TBC
For more info about the Manchester based LABs contact:
or phone Chris: 07852 242576
or Sarah: 07765 978534
2018 TBC
For more info about the Calderdale based LABs contact:
or phone 07986 134 248 
2018 Dates TBC
For more info about the Doncaster based LABs contact:
or phone 07986 134 248 
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