With ONS figures exhibiting a rise within the variety of 16-24 12 months olds out of labor this 12 months, it’s extra important than ever to equip this era with the abilities they must be profitable within the workforce.
Enter Sgiliau Cyf, a household enterprise working within the training and coaching sector. Along with supporting those that are struggling in mainstream secondary training, Sgiliau focuses on supporting younger individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who’re ‘NEET’ – not in training, employment or coaching.
Sgiliau provides these younger individuals inventive, sensible and fascinating actions, providing a variety of studying alternatives. College students can have interaction in a number of inventive subjects together with music, movie making and animation, artwork and design, pictures, textiles, and style. ICT abilities and new applied sciences are utilized in all these areas to assist younger individuals enhance their digital abilities. Sgiliau additionally helps the event of literacy, numeracy, ICT and employability abilities to make sure that youth are geared up to enter the workforce or can progress to greater ranges of coaching and training.
The facilities are geared up with options like recording studios with Macs for mixing music and an city backyard heart, so younger individuals can have hands-on expertise in growing their abilities.
With six facilities in South East Wales, Sgiliau has grown quickly. This 12 months, they have been ranked 13th on the Quick Rising 50 listing, with a progress fee of 265.four% between 2017 and 2019.
The crew behind the enterprise is the Evans household, which incorporates father Lindsay, mom Beverley, daughter Charlotte and son Jordan. This household strategy has helped the corporate construct sturdy bonds and relationships with the younger individuals they work with.
After Charlotte and Jordan dropped out of faculty, finding out style and textiles and music expertise respectively, Lindsay stated it felt good to construct the enterprise round her inventive skills to assist different younger individuals entry comparable alternatives.
“We wished different younger individuals to expertise what we had in school.” Charlotte stated.
After watching her son flourish when he acquired into music as a drummer, Lindsay stated she wished to offer different younger individuals the identical alternative.
“What at all times bothered me was that different younger individuals may not be capable to pay for added help, which signifies that once they go away college they turn out to be ‘NEET’”.
Lindsay stated Sgiliau’s aim was to supply younger individuals with important abilities like literacy and numeracy, however to disguise it in one thing that’s nice and enticing.
“If younger individuals love to do one thing, they most likely do not thoughts writing about it, and we attempt to adapt it to the grades.” he stated.
“All my profession I’ve been working with younger individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who’re unemployed. Once I acquired out of faculty within the 1980s, I used to be unemployed and I can keep in mind how devastating it was. “
Since then, her profession has been primarily based on preserving younger individuals in employment and serving to them purchase the abilities they should get there.
“I believe we’re providing one thing not like some other supplier in South East Wales”, Charlotte stated.
“Whereas universities present inventive topics, a lot of the coaching relies on extra sensible areas equivalent to medical and social care, motor automobiles or customer support.
“At Sgiliau, we will see them specific themselves via artwork and media and actually develop and develop in consequence.”
Because the uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a significant affect on the way forward for younger individuals in Wales, Sgiliau hopes to proceed to supply them with the abilities and help they should develop their careers.
“Our aim is to look after and nurture younger individuals till they’re able to take their subsequent steps.” Charlotte stated.