EBCF Success

 

  • Women Only Provision was funded by various  agencies and through our own reserves to ensure we supported and empowered women. Programmes include skills for life courses including literacy and numeracy, empowerment, enterprise, health, parenting, community capacity building with dedicated women and children only centres of excellence.
  • Future Jobs Fund was a national government programme, in which we engaged over 200 people in Birmingham and helped them acquire employment related   skills to become job ready within 6 months and through our intervention 130 people secured employment.
  • Working Neighbourhoods Fund set up by the Government was delivered at all our sites and helped local people access employment and training opportunities. We supported lone parents, ethnic minorities, disaffected and disengaged young people and the long term unemployed. Our success rate was 75% of beneficiaries progressing to employment or training.

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  • Alternative Youth Provision (Pilot) was established in 2009 and ran as a two year time limited project offering full time alternative education for 13 to 16 year olds excluded from state education. Sahaara an independent alternative education school was ofsted registered offering full time national education curriculum. The school offered support to over 100 students with 80% success rate. Lessons learnt were shared within the wider marketplace by producing and disseminating report on learning methodologies, effective engagement, empowerment and mentoring.
  • Connexions for 13 to 19 year olds was delivered by us on behalf of the Government from 2006 till 2009. The delivery was focused on NEET (not in education, employment or training) group by having a dedicated Personal Advisor and an Information Access Point for young people to access information, advice and guidance services. The project successfully supported around 500 NEET’s per year progressing into education and/or employment.
  • Community Capacity Building projects have been an integral part of what we do and started this work back in 1995 via the Central Government’s Single Regeneration Budget Round 1. The Company has ever since been a strategic partner in delivery of projects to assist in employability and job readiness, strengthening community infrastructure, attracting new investment and developing flourishing neighbourhoods.
  • Practical Care Project has been running for over 15 years and provides a valuable support to pensioners, benefit recipients and people facing financial hardship by offering free labour for small home improvements. The project offers advice on energy efficiency in partnership with Energy Saving Trust. The project has provided free 3,000 energy efficient products donated by Utility companies (fridge freezers, kettles and light bulbs etc.) to help conserve energy.  In 2010 the project delivered ‘Kick Start’ initiative for Birmingham City Council whereby we employed 50 Surveyors to survey 2,000 properties to help vulnerable homeowners address housing disrepair.

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  • Women & Children’s Centre(s) empower women to become more active in their communities. This we have done so for over twenty years by offering women only provision to ensure our services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner. The progression and confidence of women supported has been a delight to see and in doing so we have enabled women of all ages and communities enhance their prospects and aspire for more. The centre(s) offer onsite learning, crèche, IT computer suites; one-to-one counselling and guidance sessions with experienced and qualified Advisors, socializing and networking events, work experience opportunities etc. We have established women only centre(s), Women’s Enterprise Centre and recently launched a ‘Women in 2 Work’ campaign that received BBC national television coverage.
  • Parenting Fund was funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) from 2006 till 2011 by securing Round 2 and Round 3 grants to engage with BME parents and support them in strengthening their parenting skills; raise awareness and understanding of issues relating to crime, education and health; develop a parenting programme customised to meet local need and to develop resources to support parenting skills development. Over 500 families were engaged and benefited from the project. Lessons learnt have now been disseminated to local authority, community voluntary sector and children centres.
  • Learndirect  a public facing brand of the UK Government’s vision of University for Industry established in 1998 to offer online courses through a national network of centres’.  The brand was purchased by Lloyds Development Corporation (LDC) the leading mid-market private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group this year, for the sum of £40million as a profitable business. Via Learndirect EBCF has helped put over 15,000 people on courses which range from English, Maths, Work Skills, Information Technology, vocational qualifications in various subjects including Customer Service, Business Administration, Retail, Health and Social Care, Childcare and Advice and Guidance. All of these learners have successfully achieved exam board certification for these courses as EBCF is accredited with Oxford, Cambridge and Regions (OCR), Edexcel, Education Development International (EDI), City and Guilds, Cambridge ESOL, and others.
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