THE WEA AND LBG: What are we trying to achieve together?
The Workers’ Educational Association partnered with Lloyds Banking Group back in 2014 to offer skills based volunteering to colleagues in WEA classrooms across the country. A great opportunity for colleagues and WEA students alike, this has enabled more than 2,000 students to develop their reading and writing, digital skills, confidence and employability.
Following this success we are extending our partnership for a further two years, taking the opportunity to focus our energy on the large number of vulnerable adults in communities across the country that are in the greatest need of training and education, but currently receive the least support and funding.
Out contact at Lloyds was most impressed with WEA because, unlike other organisations, we reach the people most in need of support. The Lloyds volunteers, who have a genuine desire to help other people, felt that their input was having a direct and positive impact in changing lives. They want to give back to the community and to share the skills they have with WEA and the learner community to make the organisation stronger. They have a quota to fulfil and so would welcome the opportunity to expand their volunteering input at WEA. However, they need to understand the WEA capabilities to expand in order to take this forward.
The learners who have benefited from participation in the Lloyds CSR programme range from 18 year olds gaining employability skills to over 65 year olds learning new digital skills
WEA deliver many varied and inclusive courses across many geographical areas, which make it easier to adapt existing courses to fit in with Lloyds themes for volunteers. A notification of the training opportunities are forwarded to Lloyds, in order that the volunteers can decide which opportunities suits them.
Everyone participating in the LBG employability session felt that it was a worthwhile event and that they felt more confident in their ability to go forward to employer interviews.
WEA & Lloyds partnership
Volunteers mentors assist and support candidates from Job Centre Plus on an employability programme to get the candidates to return to work
Unemployed candidates from Job Centre Plus are referred to the WEA for training on an employability module. During this module they are mentored and supported by volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group to help the candidates improve their interview skills and develop the skills and capabilities to improve their work readiness. Those who complete the module successfully are selected for a work placement and potentially sustained full time employment.
No specific target audience. Any person referred to the programme by Job Centre Plus is eligible