Future Skills CIC was established by three friends and colleagues who collectively have over sixty years experience delivering education and training. We recognise that many people have barriers to learning which deprive them of their opportunity to achieve their aspirations and full potential. We have combined our knowledge and resources to develop workable solutions using our experience and expertise to make a real and sustained difference using innovative and effective programme.
Example of an end of course project: Circular waterfall
Our vision is centered on collaborative interventions. We believe that our professional experience and mutually beneficial working relationships with funding partners, referrers, potential employers and participants have all the active ingredients required to ensure that Future Skills will offer opportunity, guidance and support to enable participants to develop, construct, sustain and achieve their potential, personal goals, employment aims and objectives.
Andy is a Bricklaying Instructor who has been recognised by City and Guilds with the awarding of two “Gold Medals of Excellence”, “Tutor of the Year” and “Outstanding Achiever of the Year”. In 2015 Andy was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work training candidates.
Justin is an award winning Horticulturalist whose work delivering training has been recognised by Royal Horticultural Society’s “Garden” magazine. Justin is a qualified football coach.
Carol was an Education Manager who demonstrated her ability to provide a quality service to candidates. Carol is a Local Councillor and has served as a School Governor in a faith based secondary school and is currently a governor in a Methodist primary school. Carol worked for several years as a volunteer youth worker in her local church.
The Folkestone Project - Project area: Folkestone, Kent
The project area is in the 20% most deprived LSOAs in the country (based on the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation). Around 65% of the population and 68% of households in this area are in the 20% most deprived parts of the country.
Socioeconomic issues include: -
- High % of population between 16 and 35 years
- High % of lone parents
- Unemployment for 25 – 29 year olds is high
- High % of long-term unemployment
- High % never worked
- High % of households with no working adults
- High % with no qualifications
- Earnings lower than the national average
- % with mental health issues is 3 times more than national average
We will provide a safe, confidence building, nurturing and empowering environment for our beneficiaries. We will offer training and support to those that have multiple barriers to learning, (language skills, mental health issues, physical disabilities, social exclusion, learning difficulties and disabilities) which excludes them from mainstream education, employment and training.
One of the organisations we will be working with is KRAN (Kent Refugee Action Network) which supports young unaccompanied refugees. Many of these young people cannot access mainstream vocational training as they do not have the requisite English language skills. We have vast experience of delivering qualifications to Foreign Nationals who have little or no English language skills, some of whom were illiterate in their own language. We will tackle inequalities so that there are new opportunities which will lead to an improved future, financial prospects, well-being, self-esteem and confidence.
We are a member of Folkestone Education and Employment Forum and will accept referrals from the other organisations in the group. These include local and national organisations, charities, companies and volunteer groups.
We will deliver City and Guilds bricklaying at Level 1 with embedded skills (English, mathematics and self-employment). Candidates will all have an individual learning plan which will identify their academic and soft targets which will all be SMARTA (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound and Agreed). All candidates will have support to build confidence and self esteem
It is essential that candidates can apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt. We ask candidates to design and build their own project which they complete at the end of the course. These projects form the basis of an employment engagement day to which local construction companies will be invited.
End of course project: Circular water garden
We will liaise with local companies to provide opportunities of work experience, employment and apprenticeships. Construction companies are currently struggling to recruit. Please see the comment from Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders. “Skills shortages are sky rocketing and it begs the question, who will build the new homes and infrastructure projects the government is crying out for? The government has set itself an ambitious target to build 300,000 homes every year in England alone. More than two-thirds of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers which is one of the key trades in the building industry.”
Skills developed will include: -
Succeeding at work –developing skills to sustainable employment, communication skills, leadership, motivation
Community involvement – building volunteering skills
Enterprise – developing entrepreneurial skills
Problem solving – assessing situations and identifying solutions
Presentation skills – presenting self and work to prospective employers
Commitment – inspiration of pro social relationships and identify positive opportunities for the future
Responsibility – empower people to establish goals and the commitment to achieve them
We will provide those struggling to gain employment or at risk of entering the criminal justice system additional opportunities. Fewer will become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour leading to a stronger community. People will learn the skills to gain sustained employment and become economically active members of their community. We will provide an environment that will encourage and support integration and community cohesion.
We will continue to provide mentoring support when candidates leave us for employment or further training.
The aims of the project are to:-
- Increase employment amongst young people and long term unemployed
- Provide training for people with physical and/or mental health impairment
- Support the integration of ethnic minorities
- Provide retraining opportunities for older citizens
Example of an end of course project: Helping Hand
Here are some comments from previous learners: -
JH – My personal experience has been very positive. From the first day I have been made to feel welcome. I have been able to learn in my own time so there has been no pressure on me.
RW – Still in construction, working full time in West London. Wages are good.
TA – May I take this last opportunity to thank you ………. for your kind support during the bricklaying course. The skills I have learnt are outstanding.
JW – I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and support in teaching us lot how to lay a brick. I should probably send you some money because the skills I learnt in your workshop have earned me thousands mate!
RA – Andy told me to believe in myself as he believed in me.