Cheshire College – South & West have launched several Sector-based Work Academies in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help local people find employment.
More than 75 learners have undertaken an intensive week of training, which included a combination of qualifications, workshops and employer engagement. This innovative programme is designed for the recruitment of Job Coaches, with interviews later this month.
The programmes have been developed by leading practitioners at the College and JobCentre Plus, based on the needs of the local market and job opportunities within the area.
The programmes are being delivered remotely, via the College’s virtual learning platforms. This flexible approach ensures that any barriers to accessing education are removed, guaranteeing that learners have the support they need to improve their skills and find employment.
Feedback from learners has emphasised the success so far, with several commenting on the “informative and well-presented theory”, alongside “supportive and motivating tutors”.
One learner said: “This has been a real eye-opening experience. The course surpassed my expectations and was extremely interesting. I cannot thank the College and DWP enough for their support. I am more motivated than ever to see what the future holds.”
Working in partnership to bring together expert services, the Sector-based Work Academies are designed to offer a personalised service, providing all the support, learning and skills needed to move into sustained employment.
A representative at DWP, said: “The feedback we have had from learners is a testament to the College and the experts delivering high-quality training and education.
“I am thrilled that our long-standing relationship with the College continues to thrive and that this project has had a positive impact on our local community, which is at the heart of everything we do.”
Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO commented: “It is great to be a part of such collaborative work with DWP Job Centres, helping people from a range of backgrounds access employment opportunities.
“Our ambition is to develop more opportunities linked to job outcomes for local residents in partnership with DWP over the coming months in order to improve employment opportunities in the local area.”
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