The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London held a graduation ceremony at its Enfield Centre last week (5 December) for the first group of thirty learners who completed the newly set up Enfield Gateway Project, run in partnership with Job Centre Plus (JCP).
Designed for local people who have been unemployed for a long time tutors on the nine-week long Enfield Gateway Project guide and encourage learners to improve their English, Maths and ICT and Computing skills. There is also a great deal of focus on wider employability skills such as communication and presentation, as well as igniting learners’ passion for continuous learning and self-development.
Operations Manager at Job Centre Plus, Nick Steward, said: “It’s a unique scheme that really helps those that need it and provides them with a much needed stepping-stone to finding employment. Both JCP and the College have the same objectives and ethos to provide people from all different walks of life with an education regardless of their starting point.”
Learner, Gunsel Bodur, said: “I was unemployed for a long time before the Job Centre referred me to the College. I’ve really enjoyed the course, some days I couldn’t even get out of bed and it’s given me the motivation I needed. I’ve made great friends and I’m now planning to study the next level up in ICT at the College.”
Director of Employability and Employer Engagement Jackie Chapman added: “I’m incredibly proud of what our learners have achieved. I have seen enormous change in their focus and motivation during the course. They have put in the hard work and this is reflected in an incredible 100% pass rate.”
To find out more about JCP projects and how you can take part call our Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055 or ask at your local Job Centre Plus.