Engagement Gateway Project
The aim of the Engagement Gateway is to attract activity that will move participants towards becoming economically active and closer to employment. The project is available to those that are not in employment - either designated unemployed or economically inactive - who are in situations that affect their ability and confidence to effectively seek employment.
Between 2010 and 2012 we have delivered 3 Engagement Gateway projects.
Greener Skills for Greener Futures
Work Club Your Future
We are pleased to have been given the seal of approval for the three Engagement Gateway Projects that were run across Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) visited Groundwork to audit their recent projects and to congratulate their successes. The projects were supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. The first project titled “Greenskills4Greener Futures” uses the natural environment as a vehicle for improving skills and confidence in people furthest from the jobs market who require extra guidance to begin positively contributing on a social and economic perspective. Of the 77 participants 40 gained soft skills such as improved confidence, 15 entering employment, 6 into volunteering, 7 starting training programmes and 3 back into education. Groundwork worked with Tri Yn Un Communities First on the second Engagement Gateway programme ‘Your Future’ opportunities, a small scale programme that gave training, one to one personalised careers advice, job search help and CV writing to unemployed people that was tailored to the individuals needs helping them to overcome their barriers to gaining employment. The programme had an astounding success helping 19 people into sustained employment, 4 into volunteering, 5 starting back into education and 9 into further training out of a total of 50 clients. The third programme being ‘New Leaf’ which was designed to help people who are ex-offenders, recovering substance mis-users or people living with long term mental health issues to reintegrate them into society by creating a positive social experience while improving skills, achieving qualifications to improve the chance of gaining employment. It has been a pleasure to have been working with the WCVA to have been able to deliver such projects.