At the invitation of Croydon Council, Strive Training successfully delivered the innovative ‘All About Me’ retail skills program in the Whitgift Centre for the benefit of local residents with disabilities.
Students spent the mornings in a ‘pop up’ classroom before spending the afternoons engaged in real-life work experience with retail partners based in the centre.
Michelle Scott, Croydon Council’s Employment Support Officer, commented that the innovative project was part of the Council’s plans to create opportunities for all local residents. “We want to support people’s ability to get the qualification, practical skills, confidence and all important work-experience they need to get into sustainable employment.”
Participants were delighted with the program’s structure. “To have everything under one roof, in a retail setting, was just perfect. The council, Strive, the employers…everyone was just amazing. For the first time I can say that I’m ready for work!”
Strive Training Croydon Outreach Liaison, Gary Grant, believed that the program’s success is an example of client-focus engagement. “Croydon Council recognise that learners want to see a real path of opportunity, and that’s what we’re all about at Strive. It’s been a perfect match, and we look forward to growing this inspiring initiative.”