Almost 950 people have found employment after completing courses provided by Cambridgeshire Skills over a 12-month period.
In total, between August 2020 and July 2021, 1,146 learners progressed either in the world of work, continuing education or volunteering. Of these, 865 are in paid employment, while 78 have become self-employed, 58 have been volunteers and 145 have received advanced training.
Cambridgeshire Skills is the County Council’s adult learning and skills service and is rated “good” by Ofsted.
Its goals are to retrain and recycle local residents, provide education and training opportunities for those furthest from learning and work, and supporting post-Covid social and economic recovery.
It does so through a network of community centers, including the March Community Center which recently reopened after a renovation that included three additional teaching rooms, a large open-plan reception area and two new office spaces.
And investing in the service doesn’t just benefit local residents, it has been found to generate Â£ 4.57 in social return for every Â£ 1 spent.
A report outlining the progress made by Cambridgeshire Skills was discussed by members of the Cambridgeshire County Council Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee yesterday (Thursday).
Committee Vice-Chair Councilor Hilary Cox Condron said: âDespite the challenges of the pandemic, Cambridgeshire Skills has continued to provide excellent courses that help people find jobs.
âCovid has left many people either looking for work or wanting to change professions. Cambridgeshire Skills play an important role in supporting them, as well as improving the skills of residents, which is vitally important as we seek to recover from the pandemic. “
One of the people to benefit from Cambridgeshire Skills is Anne, who took an employability course after moving from Greenwich Council to Cambridgeshire.
She said: âI received career advice, sorted my CV, and learned how to fill out application forms and do supporting documents and cover letters. I have completed a qualification in ICT Level 2 and Mathematics Level 2.
âAs a result of my apprenticeship, I became much more confident in my abilities, especially in IT, and I have just successfully secured a job with Fenland District Council as an administrator. “
Cambridgeshire Skills also manages the internal delivery of the Council Apprenticeship Fee and is working with a number of local employers to develop staff training and retention programs.
He also ran an employment club in Huntingdonshire and commissioned voluntary and community organizations to provide family learning scholarships.