SUTS achieves first year success
Starting as a pilot programme, Sign Up To Success (SUTS) has been just that in its first year.
Providing intensive and tailored support to young people who are experiencing difficulty with regards to moving into work, SUTS has recorded impressive first year figures.
Throughout a 10-16 week programme, Sign Up To Success aims to engage with 16-25 year olds (NEETs) and to provide them with support to overcome barriers to employment whilst offering accredited training, work placements and a career pathway into further learning or employment.
In its first year, it has made great progress and achieved a staggering amount of success, with nearly half of those participating finding paid employment.
Running courses in Swansea, Neath, Hirwaun and Penywaun, it has engaged with a total of 39 ‘learners,’18 of which finding employment. On top of that, all of them improved their confidence through a variety of different ways, such as completing a Level 1 qualification in Confidence Building, as well as various team building sessions and even recording and producing songs.
A total of 92% of them gained and achieved additional qualifications in an array of areas including the Football Leaders Award, the Table Tennis Leaders Award, Health and Safety Level 1 in the Construction Environment, CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Card and an NVQ in Catering, as well as qualifications in Child Welfare and First Aid.
Through obtaining sector specific qualifications, the learners are now work ready having moved closer to the labour market. These qualifications have removed barriers that many learners faced when starting the course and have positively impacted on learners’ job searching.
The skillsets of the learners have vastly improved over the course of the programme. Alongside the additional qualifications above, participants also complete an Agored Cymru qualification in the preparation to work, which covers interview techniques, creating cover and speculative letters, job searching, applying for jobs and filling out application forms. These learner led sessions are interactive and encourage them to work together and support each other.
In addition to improving their chances to work, many have actually participated in work whilst progressing through the course, with 95% completing voluntary work with the National Trust and the Cae Tan project, and 21% completing work experience placements at places including construction sites and the Liberty Stadium’s catering and security teams.
The project isn’t solely focused on delivering employability skills however, as it also dedicates time towards increasing participation in sport. Learners have had the chance to get stuck in at football sessions, as well as tag rugby, basketball, pool, darts, head tennis and football golf. Getting involved in sport and physical activity has had a positive impact in supporting retention rates and helping attendance levels. The learners enjoy a break from the employability skills work and this helps to create a positive atmosphere.
After a positive first year, Sign Up To Success is now looking to build on that success in its second year and if you would like to participate, or offer work trials and placements, please contact Michael Howard on 07884667434, or email him on Michael@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk