Tackling poverty and social exclusion is a European Commission and Welsh Government commitment which Educ8 has fully embraced. To tackle this agenda we focus on actions to create employment and progression opportunities in Wales and will work hard to help people to access those opportunities.
Over the last 2 years, Educ8 has delivered approximately 8 x Engagement Gateway projects for unemployed/economically inactive people living in the Valleys. The 12 week programmes were themed around the most important employment markets in Wales (e.g. Social Care, Customer Service, Child Care) & beneficiaries participated in employability training, sector-specific training, soft skills development, volunteering, support into employment and then career progression support (i.e. fully-funded QCFs). The programmes were extremely successful; Educ8 achieved a positive progression rate (into employment) of approximately 70% across all Engagement Gateway programmes.
The following statement from a Blaenau Gwent Engagement Gateway learner sums the programme up: “I have secured employment in the most fantastic Care home. I have always dreamt of being able to look after people as I am a very caring person but I didn’t think I could do it. Now I have a job in Care & I’m a qualified Carer which is unbelievable really considering where I was 3 months ago. Thanks!” (Catherine Budd, Ebbw Vale).
In 2014/15, Educ8 delivered 6 x Flexible Support Fund projects on behalf of JCP Caerphilly & RCT. Aimed at young people NEET, the projects provided intensive 1-2-1 coaching and mentoring support to improve confidence & break down barriers. The participants also achieved vocational qualifications & were provided with support into volunteering or employment. Out of 72 participants engaged, 76% progressed into employment, further learning or volunteering opportunities. JCP were extremely pleased with the outcomes of the projects: “Well done to the team at Educ8 for progress made with a difficult client group. It was brilliant to attend the presentation event today and see how much the young people have achieved over a short space of time. They all looked so proud. Thanks again” (Ceri Pritchard, JCP Partnership Manager Caerphilly).