Celebrating a Pathway to Success
Published by CGA Comms for Community Gateway Association in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment, Health
Aaron and Lewis recieve their certificates
Community Gateway Association (CGA) and Acorn Environment Services Ltd, are celebrating the success of a partnership project which offers work experience to young people who experience barriers to learning.
Since 2012, CGA have worked with Acorn Environment services to complete void work in properties across Preston.
As part of this partnership both organisations explored the possibility of utilising Acorn’s Young Person’s Development Model™ (YPDM), a scheme which creates work experience placements for young people who struggle in traditional academic environments.
YPDM is a framework for enhancing engagement and self-worth with individuals.
In conjunction with local schools and other agencies, the intention is to identify young people who would benefit from working in a vocational environment
Since starting the project 2,432 hours of work based learning have been delivered.
Social value outcomes
Five students from CGA communities have been involved in the programme over the past 2 years.
The social impact for both the students and the community are:
- Re-engagement with school
- Renewed respect for adults and those in a mentoring capacity
- Reduction in disruptive behaviour within a formal learning environment
- Reduction/ removal of the likelihood of involvement in crime
- Practical work experience supporting individuals in to work.
- Provision of work ready individuals with self-worth, confidence,
self-esteem and an understanding of what is required of an employee.
- References, Signposting to further development (education/traineeships/ apprenticeships)
So far the scheme has a 100% success rate, with all of the young people who have participated showing improved school attendance and achievement.
Lewis and Aaron
Lewis Read and Aaron Entwistle live in the Ingol and Larches areas of Preston. They attend school at Ashton Community Science College.
In Year 9, an opportunity arose for them to learn in a vocational setting. They joined the pilot of the Young Persons Development Model (YPDM) with Acorn Environment.
Following consultation between Lewis and Aaron, their parents, the school and Acorn Environment, they started their journey on a two year placement which provided Aaron and Lewis with practical, work experience for two days each week during term time.
In June 2014 both of them, now engaged fully with both academic and vocational learning, have just completed their GCSE’s in all core subjects and received Achievement Certificates from Acorn Environment.
Impact of the scheme has seen them both have increased confidence and improved concentration. They positively engage with school and their emotional wellbeing has improved as personal benefits of being part of the YPDM.
Acorn Environment’s Operations Director, Craig Johnson, presenting the certificates to Lewis and Aaron said, “The scheme has been a complete success, it has provided opportunity, training, guidance, focus and hope for all the individuals that have taken part”. CGA and Acorn identified from the start the advantages the YPDM could provide in the local community and local schools. Both Aaron and Lewis are testament that this scheme is the way forward for non-academic youngsters whilst also underpinning the core values of the social value act.” On receiving his certificate Lewis said, “Being on the scheme has developed my confidence and helped me concentrate more in school. I look forward to my work experience days, I get to learn and develop my skills that will benefit me in the future”
On receiving his certificate Lewis said, “Being on the scheme has developed my confidence and helped me concentrate more in school. I look forward to my work experience days, I get to learn and develop my skills that will benefit me in the future”
Chris Whittle, Vocational Centre Development Officer at CGA commenting, “It has been amazing to see Lewis and Aaron blossom during their time on the YPDM. At CGA we are always looking for ways to improve the lives of our residents and having a partner like Acorn has given us that opportunity”