Widnes keen to ‘En­gage And In­spire’ adults

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Widnes Vikings Vikings Simply -

WIDNES VIK­INGS are launch­ing the ‘En­gage And In­spire’ ini­tia­tive to im­prove the well­be­ing and em­ploy­a­bil­ity of adults in the area, in part­ner­ship with the Work­ers Ed­u­ca­tional As­so­ci­a­tion (WEA).

The WEA have been pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties since 1903 and this cur­rent part­ner­ship will see 50 un­em­ployed adults sup­ported over 24 weeks.

The Vik­ings Learn­ing Cen­tre will head up the pro­gramme, which will see par­tic­i­pants fo­cus on their per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, goal set­ting and men­tal re­silience, as well as learn­ing about how to lead a healthy life­style.

Ap­pli­cants must be 18 or over and un­em­ployed, with the 50 par­tic­i­pants then split into five groups of 10, as each group pro­gresses to­wards gain­ing a suit­able qual­i­fi­ca­tion fo­cused on em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

There will be weekly 1-2-1 ‘In­spire’ meet­ings with men­tors to of­fer pro­gres­sion sup­port, with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties also on of­fer.

Par­tic­i­pants will have weekly ac­cess to IT fa­cil­i­ties to aid in job seek­ing and also find op­por­tu­ni­ties to take part in so­cial ac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, with this ser­vice still avail­able after the ini­tial 10 weeks of sup­port is over.

Char­lotte Jake­man, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at Widnes Vik­ings, com­mented: “We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to kick­ing off the En­gage And In­spire pro­gramme here at the Hal­ton Sta­dium.

“The Vik­ings Learn­ing Cen­tre al­ready of­fer a great Em­ploy­a­bil­ity course which has seen students move from vol­un­tary work into paid positions. We are hop­ing for more suc­cess through this new pro­gramme, and we will also be fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing men­tal re­silience dur­ing our de­liv­ery.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for adults out of work to gain a qual­i­fi­ca­tion which will lead to big­ger and bet­ter things.” ● En­rol­ment for the pro­gramme is now open. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Char­lotte Jake­man, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at Widnes Vik­ings, on 0151-495 2250 or email char­lot­tej@wid­nesvikings.co.uk

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