UK Employability Day 2017
The 14th July 2017 marks the second ever UK Employability Day. The awareness day was established by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) to highlight the impact that frontline employment support has. Today, there will be hundreds of events across the country to celebrate the efforts of various organisations and initiatives which boost the employability of jobseekers.
Each year, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) helps thousands of people, seeking to enter the labour market for the first time or advance their careers, by offering training and development opportunities in the heart of local communities. The charity provides a range of courses for those looking to strengthen their key skills (numeracy, literacy and digital skills) as well as offering personal development programmes.
Our latest impact survey revealed that adult education can be enormously beneficial for those who want to get ahead in the workplace. Many students felt more confident in progressing in their careers after completing their WEA course and a significant proportion believed that they were able to do their jobs better. In addition, around a quarter stated that they became more secure in their jobs as a result of learning with the WEA.
Former WEA Eastern student Louise Williams believes that she would have never realised her ambition of becoming a paediatric nurse, had it not been for the charity. Louise initially enrolled onto one of our confidence building courses in 2012, followed by our English and Maths Level 1 and 2 courses. After completing an Access course in 2014, she was finally able to study nursing at university. Louise graduates from university this year – something which she wouldn’t have thought possible all those years ago.
The WEA is just one example of the great work going on in thousands of organisations across the UK. UK Employability Day underlines the critical work that employment support providers do in helping to transform people’s lives, communities and businesses.
For further information on the awareness day, please visit http://ersa.org.uk/