The students gathered at the organisation’s head office in Cuxton, where they each presented their final project ideas to one another, they were also awarded their completion certificates by Chief Executive, Leon Steer and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Zach Miles. Some of the students, who completed the Dignity Champion Unit, were presented with an additional certificate.
Since March, the students, who come from a range of backgrounds from care and housing to admin and domestic, have undertaken several assignments, in various areas of development from finance and communication to ICT and management.
The programme has helped them boost their confidence and develop their understanding of the organisation and how it works, giving them support in personal development as well as scope for progression within their roles, should they wish to progress.
Kerry Laverty, Senior Learning and Development Officer said: “The Academy learners have worked hard throughout the year and we have really watched them grow in confidence. We are looking forward to seeing them put the knowledge and skills they have gained into practice, as well as seeing them continue on their journeys to becoming leaders.”
Academy: Centre of Excellence was launched by the organisation in 2013, as they recognised the difficulty of recruiting within the sector and noted the importance of developing and promoting staff from within. Since its conception, many of the students have gone on to accept senior roles, including running their own schemes.