Reaching into Communities to Provide Real Employment Opportunities

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Following attendance at Meet The Employer, an event tackling unemployment organised by Blaenau Gwent Communities for Work Plus yesterday, Nov 7th 2018, ARC Academy UK is overjoyed to share that we have signed up 30 unemployed people living within the area to access funded training and employment opportunities across Rail, Plant and Civils Industries.

The Meet The Employers Rail/Civils/Construction event took place at Llanhilleth Miners Institute. This Grade II listed building which was built in 1906 has been restored to its original glory from when it was first built and paid for by local Miners. Little evidence of the powerful coal industry remains, however along with its renovations has come the rebirth of the building's purpose in playing a vital role within the community. Llanhillith Institute is home to St Illtyds Communities First, Flying Start, a variety of Social Enterprises, the Police information service, Local Health Board Baby clinic, Local Health Board Doctors practice and an Independent Doctors practice, as well as catering to conferences, weddings and live music/arts events.

Blaenau Gwent suffers high unemployment; it is estimated that 1 in 4 households are 'workless', which transpires as 2nd and even 3rd generation employment within families. At today's event we were fortunate to meet with a wide variety of locals aged 15-60s who'd braved the heavy rain to 'Meet the Employers'.

Speaking with locals, we were given insight into individuals’ circumstances and learnt of cases where unemployment stemmed from a number of factors including redundancy, lack of permanent work, seasonal contracts ending, zero-hour contracts offering insufficient stability to survive, school leavers facing unemployment and feeling lack of opportunity, and long-term unemployment due to lack of transport and finances to commute. We are humbled to have signed up approximately 30 local people at today's event; each individual will receive funded training either in Plant & Civils or Rail. We are confident that on completion of certified training with ARC, each candidate will be presented with real opportunity for employment.

We are currently working with a number of leading local and national companies within Rail and Plant & Civil industries. Our partnerships with these companies have led to a huge increase in Apprentices becoming a valued part of an organisation, and to Apprentices achieving permanent paid employment across Wales. We are confident that with the right support, guidance and opportunity, the 30 candidates we signed up at Meet The Employers need not be held back by economic and social barriers, but instead will receive access to a bright and rewarding career within Rail and Plant & Civils industries.

If you are a company in Wales or England that is interested in discussing what Apprenticeship opportunities and incentives are available to you when you team with ARC, please contact April Gilson Tel: 01443 693431 april@arcacademyuk.com 

 

With special thanks to Communities for Work, Llanilleth Institute and the European Social Fund.

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