We offer a range of pre-employment and social enterprise start-up programmes for marginalised people within our local community.

 

PILOT ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME

Our Enterprise Programme - funded by Awards for All - enabled a group of 7 to gain experience within 2 social enterprises (Devenishgirl and GLUE collective), take part in a series of personal development and enterprise workshops; visit the social enterprise fair at Newman University and GLUE's allotment; and set up their own pop up enterprise at the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter Christmas fair.

The group decided to name their pop up the GREEN project - Growing and Recycling through Enterprise Education in Northfield - and created their own range of products to sell including Christmas wreaths, allotment boxes, Christmas baubles and planters. During the pop up they not only sold over £230 worth of products but were also able to network with other stall holders and be offered the opportunity to sell their products through various outlets in 2016.

During the review session all the group spoke of gaining self confidence, developing new skills,working in a team and having a focus for the future as some of their main outcomes. 

One participant, Dave, said: "I have left the programme feeling more confident about my abilities. I have discovered new skills I didn't know I had. This programme has prepared me to take on the world as I have new found confidence".

Another participant, Sue, explained that, as a result of the programme "I now feel confident that i can get a job or start a small business and I can recognise my own skills".

Ali told us that "my thinging regarding my future will be a lot more goal orientated as a result of coming on this course".

 

PREVIOUS PRE-EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES

As a social enterprise we seek to fulfil our social ethos by offering skills training to marginalised young people.

Our aim is to support marginalised young people move from being unskilled and unemployed to skilled and ready for employment. Most come on our programmes with no idea of what they want to do, what skills they have or with any belief in their abilities as an individual. But through a combination of personal development wokshops, baking masterclasses, mentoring, on the job experience, business skills workshops and opportunities to run their own micro enterprise for a day that changes - just see what we achieved in our first year of trading...

 In 2014 we provided skills training programmes for 15 young people - with 8 achieving their first nationally accredited Level Two qualification; 5 gaining their first nationally accredited Level One qualification; 4 gaining sustained employment; 1 gaining part-time employment and 1 has been offered a place at university. 

 

MENTORING

This year Melanie has mentored a group of young people at Harborne Academy as part of the  Mosaic Enterprise programme (they made it to the national finals!!) and was an RBS Flying Start Mentor through I-SE. Melanie also meets fortnightly with her peer mentor - Miss Macaroon - to discuss both business and personal development. 

 

THE STORIES BEHIND THE FIGURES...

In April 2014 Angela signed up for one of our pre-employability courses as she was desperate to move from being unemployed and with no plan for the future. Not only did Angela thrive on the programme but, whilst she was job hunting, volunteered with us. Today she is thriving on her apprenticeship at Birmingham Children's hospital and has been offered a place at university to study nursing.

"You helped me realise i'm not worthless" - feedback from young person during a review session

"You've taught me to ignore the people who tell me I'm not going to get anywhere in life and that I'll be back in prison in 2 months. You've given me confidence in myself and belief in a positive future" - feedback from young person at end of the programme