We’re in the press again … here at Infused Learning we were handed a welcome early New Year’s present when we were featured once again in the Nottingham Post, who gave some extensive coverage to our innovative pilot scheme helping unemployed people in Bulwell back to work with our free courses.
The city’s big daily paper featured our Growing You and Your Employability scheme in a big spread on December 29, and we couldn’t be more delighted that is already starting to be talked about, months before the launch.
Infused Learning co-founders Tara and Natalie have come up with the project which will see free qualifications offered to people living in the Bulwell area who haven’t currently got a job.
We were over the moon when our scheme won £10,000 Awards for All National Lottery funding and we are getting ready to launch it in March.
As Natalie told the Nottingham Post reporter: “In Bulwell, a large number of residents have no formal qualifications. We wanted to try and go for areas which we felt needed it the most. By supporting adults in this region now, we hope to help prevent cyclical unemployment in this area.
“Bulwell is the perfect area to launch our new pilot and we hope that if it is successful it can be rolled out to more areas.”
The statistics for Bulwell are stark – not only have 37.4 per cent of residents no formal qualifications (against a backdrop of 22 per cent in England); in one of the main academies, 107 out of 166 learners at the end of key stage four were deemed “disadvantaged”.
What’s involved in the course?
The courses will be supported by Skype and will focus on three main areas: key academic skills such as research, spelling and grammar; time management and career confidence including CV writing, IT and interview skills. To complete the course successfully, Bulwell residents will need to finish their chosen modules within three months.
As we told the Post, we are hoping at least 70 Bulwell people will take us up on our offer, and in addition we are also calling on businesses to consider donating any old laptops or teaching modules.