A bridge to job opportunities and further learning
The STRIDES Alliance has tackled deprivation in the Neath Port Talbot area by calling on an innovative multi-agency approach. The goal is to attract economically inactive and/or unemployed people and engage them in appealing activities. Thanks to a series of 'simulated working environments', more than 1 000 local people without a job have either gained a qualification, enhanced their employability skills or been guided on a path to further education.
At the heart of the project are simulated working environments – hair & beauty, construction, ICT, and business administration. Each of these offers training on employment skills, literacy and numeracy, and work clubs.The STRIDES Alliance has had a significant impact on the local community. Its workshops have actively engaged more than 1 050 unemployed people and 600 economically inactive people: almost one-third of these were aged 16 to 24. In total, the workshops have secured employment for around 280 people and placed over 260 into further learning; 665 also gained a qualification.The positive outcomes achieved so far reflect the progression of project participants from inactive members of the community to active participating role models for their children and extended families. The project will have a positive impact on the community's prosperity and indviduals' well-being.