Trail-blazing job-supporting course comes to an end after helping people beat unemployment
A HUGELY-SUCCESSFUL initiative to the help long-term unemployed in Glasgow’s east end has come to an end after a six year run.
But not before helping nearly hundreds of people find a pathway into work and learning.
The award-winning Learning Works was a brilliant partnership between Thenue Housing and Glasgow Kelvin College and has been running since 2012.
Remarkably, over 270 people have been through the free course – with 85 per cent of those taking part either finding a job or undertaking learning equipped with new skills.
The course was aimed at unemployed people in the area of Glasgow served by the regeneration agency Clyde Gateway which was an essential funder and without whom the course could not have taken place.
Clyde Gateway deserves special thanks for its ongoing commitment to the communities it was created to help in addition to Big Lottery Scotland which also showed unwavering financial commitment to Learning Works.
The programme was always due to finish when funding came to an end and Thenue is now looking at other ways it can help employability and learning in the east end. Funding opportunities are being sought out to try and make that happen.
A final “Celebration of Learning’ event took pace in Calton when the nine final participants on what was course 22 were rewarded with their certificates.
College Principal, Alan Sherry, said:
“Glasgow Kelvin College is extremely proud of the achievements of this, the final cohort of learners on the hugely successful Learning Works programme. We are delighted to have been involved in the partnership with Thenue Housing, Big Lottery Scotland and Clyde Gateway which delivers opportunities to people who are often experiencing significant challenges in their local community.
The unique framework of the programme has supported learners as they gain new skills, building their confidence and self-esteem. The success of the Learning Works groups underscores the value of working together to support learners. We feel privileged to have been part of this dynamic partnership and to have played a role in the many success stories where learners have turned their lives around.
Congratulations go to all the learners, and also to the dedicated staff who have supported this group and the many students who came before them. ”
Lawrence McCabe, Community Regeneration Manager at Thenue said:
“Learning Works is a shining example of the kind of work housing associations across Scotland are doing to help their communities at grass roots level.
Helping people back into the workplace so they can earn a wage and improve their lives is undoubtedly one of the most admirable accomplishments of the housing association movement and reflects the importance Thenue places on helping communities.”
The final course also marked a fond farewell for one of the key personnel involved in Learning Works from the very start.
Employability Support Worker Tracy Lennon has now taken up a new housing-related post at North Lanarkshire Council.
Tracy’s diligence, commitment and hard work helped made Learning Works the successful community-focused initiative it was.
Paying tribute to Tracy, Thenue Chief Executive Charles Turner said:
“There is no doubt that Tracy was one of the main reasons Learning Works proved so successful. Her drive and dedication to making it work and helping so many people was outstanding. We wish Tracy well in her new role in Lanarkshire.”
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