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A Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) project delivered by Pembrokeshire College is drawing to a close after proving to be a great success.
Launched in September 2013 the European Social Fund and WCVA funded Engagement Gateway project has provided over 90 qualifications from Levels 1-3 in areas including customer services, first aid and food safety, preparing people for the work environment and creating paths to employment in a wide range of fields.
Over the last nine months the Engagement Gateway project has successfully helped to return individuals across the county to employment, engage them in further study opportunities and encourage them to participate in volunteering schemes.
With a dynamic, hands on approach, Engagement Gateway Mentors, Rachael Mylum and Dannieala Griffiths, have aided the 71 participants of the project to achieve personal goals; enhancing their self-confidence, and elevating their employability.
Through the project each individual has experienced a diverse and personal journey. Engagement Gateway Mentor Rachael commented: “Working on this project has given us a great sense of satisfaction helping people progress and seeing them moving forward as individuals.”
To date, as a result of the Engagement Gateway project, 15 individuals have found full-time employment, 13 are undertaking further study and an additional nine people are currently involved in volunteering. However, these figures do not reveal the true success of the project as the project has also provided many participants with valuable skills and the confidence needed to prepare themselves for employment in the future.
To celebrate the project’s achievements, all participants were invited to a beach clean event in Freshwater East on 17 June, followed by a buffet lunch at The Longhouse – a chance to applaud each other’s successes and support the local environment too.