Salford regeneration project recognised for learning success
A Salford regeneration project has received recognition from a national award scheme for its work to build the skills of the community.
Pendleton Together, part of the Together Housing Group, won the Festival of Learning award in the Northern region for exceptional achievement in adult learning. The award scheme, which is led by the Learning and Work Institute, recognised the organisation's youth and adult employment programmes, job clubs, self employment programmes and community projects which address the wider needs of the community and give residents new opportunities to progress.
Pendleton Together's work with the Salford City College, Salford University nd the Job Centre to create 90 apprenticeships and 232 work placements in Salford was also recognised. The project has re-engaged 35 local businesses with apprenticeship programmes and helped almost 100 people find sustainable employment.
Apprentices also paid tribute to the project with locan man Anthony Farrell describing how it had transformed his life: "Pendleton Together are doing a really good thing, not just for the area but for the people living there. It is life changing for anyone like me." GROW Programme graduate Owen, formerly an unemployed ex-young offender, added that the offer of a construction apprenticeship has been "the best day of my life".
John Jordan, Employment and Skills Coordinator for Pendleton Together, said "Our work placements and workshops have helped to create a culture of personal development within the community. The new opportunities are not only boosting skills and employment, but also the local economy."
Stephen Evans, Chief Executive at Learning and Work Institute, added: "Pendleton Together have defined 'regeneration' beyond physical spaces and buildings by forging partnerships that help people gain new skills and employment opportunities. They recognise that a strong local economy needs strong skills and strong employment and that the modern labour market demands those lifelong opportunities.
"Lifelong learning is crucial for all of us as jobs and society changes around us, and as the working population gets older. Festival of Learning is all about people being inspired by stories like Pendleton Together's."