We’ve worked on many projects from mobile apps supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities to gain work experience with major employers – and ultimately to get into supported employment – to bespoke training apps for the hospitality and housekeeping sector. You can view some recent projects below. Our team also develop web-based apps for bespoke e-commerce projects, and apps interfacing with software APIs. We build using the latest software development tools to develop cross platform apps quickly and efficiently.
While the projects featured below are private iOS and Android applications for specific clients, and not publicly available on the App Store or Google Play, we can licence the technology we have developed to deliver the functionality to other organisations to enable us to develop bespoke apps for you, either for private distribution or public use.
If you have a project you’d like to discuss, we’d be keen to talk about how we can make a difference to your organisation.
Working in: Suite of vocational training apps
We developed this suite of native iOS and Android apps for leading UK special educational needs college, Derwen College, to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The vocational training pathways include Working in a Café, Working in Retail, Working in Horticulture and Working in a Printshop.
The apps enable students, mainly with with Autism and Down Syndrome, and other learning disabilities, to learn and remember a task, or to follow the step-by-step sequence of tasks needed to work in the College’s cafés and restaurants, retail outlets and printshop. Tasks can be customised to the outlet’s own procedures for customers’ orders such as customer service, preparing and serving food and drinks, etc. enabling them to learn skills that are transferable to supported employment. The project was funded by the Marches LEP and Midlands Engine. The apps incorporate pictures, Makaton symbols and simple sentences – breaking down the tasks into small steps that are easy to follow.
- Step-by-step guides for each task
- Ability to customise the task for the café’s own processes
- Easy to understand and follow user interface design
Premier Inn app
This native iOS and Android app involved working with the global hotel chain Premier Inn’s housekeeping staff training manual and converting it to a mobile app that would help people with learning difficulties and disabilities to follow the steps needed to prepare a hotel room for guests. Working with Derwen College teachers and students, we created an app that gives the learner the choice of using video and sound – combining video and verbal instructions, Makaton symbols and text, or a series of pictures and text, or all three options, on a split screen, to follow Premier Inn’s processes to make up a room to consistent standards.
Initially being used in the College’s training hotel, the app has been a great success and is now being used by former students who have secured employment with Premier Inn after leaving the college. This type of training app could also be used for staff who do not speak the native language of the organisation to help them learn specific processes.
- Choice of learning method for each task – video, Makaton or pictures
- Varying levels of detail for students with different abilities
- ‘Gamification’ element to measure learning outcomes
Work Ready app
As part of our project working on apps to support people with learning difficulties and disabilities to gain supported employment, we have been working on a calendar-based app to help learners to prepare for work.
The app enables the user to set up reminders for simple tasks such as when to get up, what is appropriate to wear for work, and reminders to take medication. The app also incorporates geolocation features and links to transport APIs to enable learners to plan a journey, and for their carers or employers to keep track of where they are in case they need support and for safeguarding, with alerts should they deviate from their normal routine.
There is a ‘help’ option should things not go to plan, along with a selection. of ‘help me’ options – particularly useful for people with autism, for example, who may prefer to show someone a screen to ask for help, than engaging in verbal communication, and a choice of people to call – with the ability to share a what3words location via text message.
- Support for individuals’ journeys to work with step-by-step guides
- Ability to track and individual’s progress on their journey
- Reminders to support the individual through different routines
- Help facility should the user feel they need support in any situation
- what3words enabled
Digital CV app
Not everyone performs well in an interview situation.
This is particularly true for people with learning difficulties or disabilities. Many people with SEND are quite capable of contributing to society and to work in an organisation through supported work placements, or full employment. We’ve worked to develop an app that enables people with learning difficulties or disabilities to record their achievements and work-based skills using video and images, and to build their CV through a combination of drop down menus of ‘soft skills’, such as ‘I am kind, I am punctual’, and free text entry boxes for qualifications gained.
Working with the college to include specific workplace training pathways, such as horticulture, catering, customer service and retail, we included menus to select specific skills for those industry sectors. The app can include Makaton symbols to help the user to navigate the menus and to choose the skills that are relevant to them.
The app then generates a pdf CV that can be securely shared with potential employers and which contains links to the video evidence of their skills and achievements.
- Secure login and mentor/carer access to support the user
- Secure hosting of CV database information to generate the individual’s pdf CV
- Links to closed video hosting content channel on Vimeo or YouTube
- Username and password protected access to employers to view CV