First clients in west Wales graduate employability course

19 Mar 2020

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, the first group to complete the Working in Sustainable Employment (WISE) west project celebrated their success with a graduation ceremony at Swansea YMCA.

The WISE project originated in Cardiff in 2015. Expanding the project to Swansea in the autumn of 2019 has extended the opportunity to our clients based across west Wales, including areas such as Neath Port Talbot and Llanelli.

The Wallich is thrilled to now have the ability to offer people access to training in their local community.

Not only does this mean they’re able to do placements with local businesses, but they can build relationships with their peers that can continue into the future.

WISE is a six-month employability project that aims to build confidence and experience, as well as offering tools to get individuals work ready.

The participants undergo pre-employability training sessions including confidence building, interview skills and completely e-learning training for transferable skills.

Each participant then completes an eight-week work placement with The Wallich or one of our corporate partners. The participants are assigned an on-the-job coach that helps with individual development.

We match participants with work placements that they’re passionate about.

The 2020 grads completed placements such as exploring support work at The Wallich residential projects and learning about conservation at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The graduation ceremony gives the participants the opportunity to celebrate their success with family, friends and peers, whilst reflecting on their journey.

Some conquered their fears of public speaking to address a modest audience of familiar and new faces.

Liz Warburton, WISE Project Coordinator, said:

“There’s been a lot of laughter, a lot of tears and a lot of honesty. You’ve created a strong, supportive and authentic team. Thank you.”

Lee, a 2020 WISE participant, said:

“It’s been very rocky, but I’d like to thank Liz for not giving up on me. WISE has made me believe there is a future for me.”

Anna, another participant, said:

“It’s given me confidence. I’ve been addicted to drugs and alcohol since I was 17 and been in and out of prison. It’s made me realise you can gain employment with a criminal record.”

Many people who have experienced homelessness or prison have a gap in their CV, but they want to work.

Could you offer our clients unique work experience, with support from The Wallich, to help them get back into employment?

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