The Skills for Work Project was established to meet a gap in existing funding and provide support for young people making the transition from unemployment into full time work, preferably with further training as an apprentice.
One of the key areas of support was to provide opportunities for young people to gain experience of the working environment, which is so often lacking, and then use this experience to secure permanent employment.
In preparation for undertaking a placement, Runshaw College provided training sessions and workshops to help develop transferable skills, improve literacy and numeracy and employability skills as well as working with individuals identifying and reinforcing the appropriate attitudes and behaviours required in the workplace.
Having benefitted from the structured support those ready and able to undertake work experience often moved quickly into an apprenticeship. Others identified as requiring additional support were referred to other more appropriate development programmes.
The funding provided by the Partnership has enabled the College led project to generate a range of successful outcomes.
These have included;
- 48 new apprenticeships created in South Ribble
- 34 other job outcomes in South Ribble and elsewhere
- 110 participating in the work skills programme
The project has been also been successful in forging new partnerships, increasing participation and engagement and has been an extremely useful forerunner to the new government funded Traineeship programme launched in 2013/14.