The Wallich is launching the Skill Scheme in Swansea and Bridgend to provide opportunities for local people with low skills to gain employment.

The project will deliver pre-employment training and qualifications while also providing participants with practical, on-the-job experience through volunteering and work placements.  The project will work in partnership with local employers and training providers to offer mock interviews and ‘taster days’ to those who have been unemployed for some time.

Places on the scheme will be offered to homeless people receiving support from The Wallich, as well as people receiving support from other local charitable organisations.

The programme will be tailored to helping those who have experienced homelessness and further support will be provided to help participants sustain employment once they have found it.

Learning & Employment Mentors will work with participants to develop their confidence and refresh their skills, working with local employers to identify opportunities to put their skills into practice.

The Maintenance Mentor will facilitate skill building and volunteering through general maintenance and upkeep of The Wallich’s properties.

The Mentors will also help participants to access further learning and gain qualifications in areas such as Health & Safety, Construction, Food Hygiene and First Aid.

Liz Watkins, Learning & Employment Mentor at The Wallich, said:

“It can be difficult to get back into work when you’ve been unemployed for some time.  The prospect of returning to employment can be daunting and being turned down for jobs can really knock your confidence.  Taking part in Skill Scheme is about rebuilding that self-belief, by getting involved in new activities and real on-the-job training.”

The Skill Scheme project has been supported by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government and the Active Inclusion Fund, managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), to raise skills and help people into work.

Those wishing to share their skills by volunteering with Skill Scheme, or employers wishing to offer training and work placement opportunities should please contact Liz Watkins or Kevin Walker on 01656 674184 (Liz.Watkins@thewallich.net or Kevin.Walker@thewallich.net).

 About Skill Scheme

Skill Scheme is a Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) Active Inclusion and ESF funded project designed to support people with low skills to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to re-enter the labour market.

•Workshops and support provided include:

•Confidence building sessions or related activities

•Digital inclusion and financial inclusion

•Qualifications – including health and safety, construction skills, ECDL and food hygiene

•Employability skill building – including developing interview skills, taking part in mock interviews, delivering great customer service, and having healthy and professional boundaries. Industry visits to businesses/workplaces

•Volunteering both within The Wallich and in the community

•Support to gain CSCS cards and work-related certificates

•Support to access work placements and sustainable employment opportunities

•1:1 mentoring for individual learning and employment needs