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What different training courses do we offer?

Over the past couple of months, we have introduced you to Enable and our colleagues. We have mentioned a few of the courses which we currently offer to businesses and individuals in the UK. This month we thought it would be a good idea to expand on that in a little more detail. If you remember, and have read our first blog post, we have a wide range of courses available – but did you know there are different topics within those courses?! And we are adding to them all the time!

Let’s have a quick look at them all, before you head off into the website to look in greater detail:

Apprenticeships

Have you ever watched The Apprentice? Well these are nothing like that! No scary board room, no tyrant telling you “you’re fired” for making a genuine mistake as you learn, no scary business proposals and jargon on day one. Our apprenticeships are the real thing! Yes, there is a work placement, but you won’t just be left to fend for yourself from the get-go. These courses are about you working with and learning from experienced people to develop your skills. Enable offers a wide range of topics for you to choose from. Your work placement will be mutually agreed to get the best fit! We can also support you in improving your Maths, English and ICT if needed. This course is ideal for people under 25 who left school or college with very little idea of where they wanted to go in life or don’t have the skills nor qualifications to get there. We have various levels within this course and many of our apprentices either enter full time employment or progress onto the next level of apprenticeship at the end of their first course.

Traineeships

These are very similar to apprenticeships, but rather than thinking of them as a 6 to 8 week work placement, they are more like an elongated interview. Where you really get to learn about the business you are placed with and they get to learn about you. Again, we will help you with your Maths and English qualifications. Most of our learners, at the end of their traineeship either go onto an apprenticeship (you’re hired!), go back into education (let’s improve those skills!) or they go onto full time employment (and that’s usually with the employer they’ve been working with for the past 2 months!). Traineeships are for young people who are unemployed and not in education, this helps boost their skills to develop into the career that they cannot get on their own. This course helps people develop their all-round skills and career prospects.

Access to Higher Education

This one is exactly what it says (on the tin) – these courses help you to access higher education. If you’ve always wanted to go to University but you didn’t get the grades you needed, these courses are your stepping stone! This is our fastest growing contract, we add more course topics every year. Why do we add more when we offer so many? Because we work hard to give our learners courses they want! It’s that simple! We have so much positive feedback from learners who have graduated and got into their top choice of University! It was our first course that we adapted for learning at home, having delivered this across the country we are great at connecting to our learners – a match made in heaven! This course is perfect for people over the age of 25 who missed out on the opportunity to go to University as a teenager

Community Learning

Again, another explanatory title for a learning opportunity with Enable. This is the opportunity to do some learning within your community. This is where we take time to develop the skills of people across Nottingham preparing them for getting back into work as well as improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We have courses which cover boosting your confidence, basic maths and English skills (including how these are vital in everyday life like budgeting), some nutrition and mindfulness training also. This really is everything you could want to improve your situation whether at work or at home. These courses are usually only a couple of weeks long, and just because you enrol on one, doesn’t mean you can’t enrol on more!

Mental Health First Aid

We would argue this is one of our most important courses that we offer. Everyone has been talking about Mental Health over the course of the pandemic, and how we need to improve it overall. The simple answer is to have more people qualified in MHFA (because it’s just too long to type every time!) This is a two day course which develops your listening skills and your understanding on how to be a better employer. This course is vital to business owners and managers. This course can

  • help with staff retention
  • lead to fewer sick days being taken
  • create a better atmosphere at work
  • improve your own personal mental health

The statistics regarding the detrimental effects of poor mental health are staggering. We would love to see more people taking part in this course to try to lessen the negative effects of poor mental health in the workplace.

Adult Education

We haven’t been very imaginative with our course titles for this one. This one is for adults who want to improve their education. Mainly we focus on Maths and English skills, and this is usually in Nottingham too. Hey! We are good at teaching Maths and English, so we stick to it. Many people who take part in these courses have done our short courses as part of the Community Learning. Adult Education courses are more in-depth and accredited learning (meaning you get an actual qualification in the subject). We do have people who come straight to us for these courses as they need the qualification to apply for their dream job. As the name suggests, this course is for adults. Anyone over the age of 18 who failed to get qualifications in Maths and English when at school.

ESOL

We’re guessing you’ve never heard of this; most people haven’t. Education providers love acronyms which mean bog all to other people. “ESOL” stands for “English Speaking as an Other Language”. We teach people how to speak, read, write and understand English when it isn’t their first language. Predominantly we have delivered these courses for Syrian refugees who are in and around Nottingham. As the name suggests this course is designed for people who do not speak nor understand English. We do offer accreditation with this course, meaning that we offer them qualifications to take to prospective employers.

GAINN

This stands for “Growth And Inclusion in North Northamptonshire”. Simply put, we discovered that teenagers in North Northamptonshire were struggling with poor mental health and isolation. This meant that they were at higher risk to being unemployed, and at risk for having suicidal thoughts. The statistics were shocking and we wanted to change this. We needed to make a positive impact in our Northamptonshire community; we are a community sector charity, after all! This project is aimed at people aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed. It encourages them to get involved in voluntary work within their community. We help them to develop their people skills, increase their confidence and get into employment. We started this project late last year and are already seeing that the young people are thriving. Particularly through this pandemic this course has been vital for young people in Northamptonshire.

What next?

There is a simple answer – contact us. If you are interested in any of the courses we offer, and you want to know more about them; contact us to ask.

We are available through our website: enable.uk.net/contact-us

We are available on social media:    

Facebook – @EnableUK

Twitter – @EnableNotts

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/enable-the-learning-and-skills-consortium-

We look forward to hearing from you!

Meet the Team

In our first blog post we introduced you to Enable as a business; where we started, how we got to where we are… but now we feel that it’s time for you to meet the team personally. We are a very personal charity and we like people to feel that they can come to us for help, but you might need to know who to contact who can best help you.

Ian Newton

Our CEO and the head of the charity. Ian came to us from one of our members, Scintilla, in April 2018. During lockdown Ian has continued to work tirelessly for Enable to ensure that our charity had enough work to continue supporting people throughout the East Midlands. He is passionate about getting people in the best mental health possible and to develop themselves personally and professionally. Ian enjoys going out for a run in the mornings and loves listening to his son play his guitar.

Claire Bartle

Claire is one of our contract managers and a member of the Senior Management Team. She has been with Enable almost since the beginning; Claire took a few years out of the business but came back to us around three years ago. Claire has done many of the roles within Enable and is very experienced with the work we do. Our Adult Education Budget contracts and our Advanced Learner Loans are managed by Claire. She also is quite the animal lover and has over 100 animals at home (!) including dogs, birds, tortoises, and lizards…

Nick Taylor

Nick is our third member of our Senior Management Team at Enable. Nick manages the contracts for our Apprenticeships, Traineeships and our ESOL (English Speaking as Other Language) courses. He has been with Enable since the very beginning so Nick has seen us grow and add to our course lists throughout the years! In his spare time Nick will probably be found down his local pub enjoying a few drinks and maybe a quiz or two with his friends!

Sam Cook

Sam is our bubbly Business Development Manager. You are most likely to see Sam out and about at various networking events in and around the East Midlands, she knows all about us and how we work. If you want to know what course would best suit your workforce, Sam is the lady to speak to! And her great big infectious smile is easily distinguishable. Outside of networking events and the office, Sam spends a lot of time with her family and cannot wait for her son’s wedding later this year.

Shason Gurung

Shason is our technical wiz! He is our Data and Compliance Officer, with a master’s degree in computer science he is the go to for many technical issues. Shason has been with Enable for almost three years and is training to become a qualified tutor with us. In his spare time Shason loves playing computer games until the small hours of the morning and is eagerly awaiting the end of the pandemic so that preparations for his wife to move to the UK from Nepal can continue.

Flick Hamnett-Day

Flick came to Enable to be our Administration Lead, but since being with us her role has evolved and she is now also our Marketing Specialist. We are passionate about people developing their skills and we are proud to support Flick in her new career direction (one that she loves too!). Outside of work, Flick is an avid volunteer and is always telling us about the work she does with Scouting and CAMRA – she never sits still! Next year she will be taking over as the Chief Steward at the Great British Beer Festival in London, a fantastic accomplishment and reflection of all her hard-voluntary work!

Tracey Huddleston

Tracey is our Apprenticeship Tutor. Recently Tracey has really embraced tutoring online, developing her Google Classroom skills and being contacted by learners outside of “work hours” when they have a query about their course. Both Tracey and our Apprentices have really embraced their new style of learning! Outside of work, Tracey will most likely be found planning her next holiday with her family. Outstandingly Tracey did the Dryanuary in January 2019 and has been sober ever since! Wow!

Paul Fairlie

Paul joined the Enable team last year to become one of our Tutors. He works predominantly on our ESOL courses teaching Syrian refugees how to read, write and speak English. One of the most extraordinary cases we have are the blind refugees who Paul has helped to understand and read English Braille! Paul has also taught himself some Arabic to further break the language barrier between him and his students – how amazing! Paul is also quite artistic and has some experience with drawing caricatures, he has drawn one of Claire and we won’t be surprised if more of the team appear in caricatures in the future.

This month we have also have a new colleague, Mel, joining us. We will introduce you to her shortly! We are going to let her get her feet under the table first!

We hope you have enjoyed meeting our team and getting to know them a little bit better. We really are a friendly bunch who work well together (whether it is in the office of working from home)! Thank you for taking the time to meet us and we look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Stay tuned for our next blog post next month! Follow us on social media to keep up to date with everything Enable!

#enableyourfuture

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Who are Enable? What do we do?

As part of our new look (to go with our shiny new office) we have decided to start writing a blog to tell you more about us. We want you to get to know us better and learn all about Enable as a charity and as a business. There’s no better place to start than at the beginning, so here it is… from our humble beginnings to our new office!

What is Enable?

Enable is a charity which provides training and education for people who want to start or further their career. We do this through a variety of courses and training opportunities.

Where did Enable begin?

In order to know us and how we work we really need to explain how we began; we are quite proud that Enable began as “The Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium”.

This was a consortium of training and skills providers who didn’t have the support and backing large enough to claim for funding from government agencies to fund training opportunities for things like Apprenticeships and Traineeships (We’ll explain these more fully in another post). So they banded together to create The Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium – they needed a name after all!

We are off, we have started and we are getting funding! But now we have a problem as all these charities and training providers have their own staff, their own way of working; each with their own CEO, Management Team, Admin Team etc all trying to work together to claim funding. They needed central staff to do all the funding bits and paperwork so that they could get on with what they do best – training people!

So now we need core staff, well that’s easy as we already have interested parties from the charities working together; so we started to recruit from parties who already knew about us and what our goal is. But now we need a better name than “The Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium”, it explains what we do to people who know us, but it’s not easy to remember… thinking hats come out of the woodwork and we create: “Enable – The Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium” (“Enable” for short!).

Fast forward 13 years…

We still support those training and learning providers who gave us our beginnings but, like all good businesses do, we have evolved! We have our own board of trustees, and our registered charity number etc. but the most exciting evolution is we now have our own tutors who deliver directly for Enable.

Along the way we have added more courses and more training opportunities for our learners. And we are still evolving! Most recently, in light of the coronavirus pandemic we have evolved to add more distance learning opportunities and digital classrooms! Modern day learners really appreciate that we didn’t leave them behind as we, sadly, had to temporarily close our office.

But, what do we do?!

What courses do we provide? The simple answer is; what people asked us to.

We provide a wide range of courses on a number of topics all through various “contracts” we have through various funding agencies. The main ones of which are listed below:

  • Apprenticeships – Customer Service, Team Leading, Management, Business Admin, Health and Social Care, Hospitality
  • Traineeships
  • Adult Education Budget
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Advanced Learner Loans – this includes many options in Access to Higher Education courses
  • Growth and Inclusion for North Northants Project – “GAINN” for short
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL for short (previously known as Teaching English as a Foreign Language, TEFL)

Don’t worry if you don’t know nor recognise some of these, over the coming months we will be putting out a blog post on each of them to explain what they are and (most importantly) how these courses will benefit you in your future and your career.

So there it is. The first blog about us; who we are and what we do. We really hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know us better.

We hope that you like and follow us on social media as we continue to grow and don’t forget to follow our hashtag! #enableyourfuture

Inward Investment – who is really benefiting?

Working across the East Midlands I get the opportunity to work within a number of different public sector governing organisations, supporting inward investment. With the emerging trend of marketing towns and cities, everyone wants businesses and people to settle in their area. Great, if you win the business there are meant to be all sorts of benefits, but are they truly helping the local population grow and thrive or is the inequality gap widening further?

Business engagement is difficult. Understanding the area’s strengths and the support businesses need is paramount to achieving this. So what does successfull business engagement look like in reality? Many Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have localised, business support units. Short term unemployment has dropped in many areas and with growth funding from Europe, infrastructure development is also progressing. But long-term unemployment, much to everyone’s frustration doesn’t seem to be budging.

Local Authorities are trying, where possible, to encourage inward investment through business engagement, to create local job opportunities. They are doing this through the creation and application of employment and skills plans. They focus primarily on entry-level jobs and training opportunities such as traineeships and apprenticeships. We are yet to see the benefits of these new initiatives. Whilst this is a great idea, it currently only applies to building and construction projects. When businesses look to open new offices or storeson existing premises, Local Authorities don’t set any conditions such as targetting recruitment on long-term unemployed people.

A lot of businesses now are also using zero hours contracts to create flexibility in their workforce. Allowing businesses to call on staff as and when there is a need, creating fluidity to business demand. On the flip side this creates uncertainty and stress for workers as they have no steady stream of income. Consequently individuals get in to debt or stagnate spending, neither of which is  good for the local economy. Whilst universal credit is taking steps to support workers holding this type of contract, we are yet to see the full impact.

Many of individuals claiming financial support are categorised by the government depending on the reason they require the support. A number of support programmes have been commissioned to support those seeking support in to or closer to the job market. However as the institutions delivering the support have little involvement with private sector employers it is questionable whether the support they are receiving is doing what is intended.  For employers it is irrelevant why people are receiving financial support, they just want to ensure that the people they employ can do the job. Many large employers have their own systems in place to identify and support future employees. These include apprenticeships and graduate programmes. However these organisations only account for 2% of the total UK business population.

So it seems there is a need to encourage local business to employ local people, discourage or even abolish zero hours contracts and plug the communication gap. The question is how do we do this? Enable holds the contract for Northamptonshire Talent Match. This programme offers one to one support for young people aged 18-24. The support is bespoke to the individual and targets are flexible. The idea being people are put first, at the centre of the support provided. Enable’s employer engagement officer has a constant and effective dialouge with employers.

Talent Match is a hugely effective project that has changed many young people’s lives. Whilst it may not be practical to roll out on a national scale, under the same premise as the Talent Match programme, intensive support to particular towns and cities with high long term unemployment levels may not be such a huge challenge.

Whilst I am aware it may be a time intensive and costly project to roll out nationally, in the long-term it has the potential to become cost effective and overall reduce long-term unemployment significantly. Isn’t it time to break the cycle, include employers and learn from our mistakes?