2 November 2017

RBLI secures contract to provide adults with industry skills training

Military and disability charity Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) has been chosen by the Education and Skills Agency to deliver skills training to adults in Kent and Sussex.

In a recent contract award, RBLI have received approval from the Secretary of State for Education to deliver a varied programme of skills training to adults living in the two counties.

The programme will see the charity's team of tutors, assessors, job coaches and advisors help adults gain the skills they need to move into their desired work industry.

In Kent alone there are over 60,000 people of working age with no qualifications, while in Sussex there are nearly 25,000. A lack of qualifications or a low level of skills may cause unemployment directly, but they can also lead to a sequence of insecure jobs and impede career progression.

The problem is not limited to individuals. Half of all employers with a skills shortage have also lost business to their competitors as a result.

RBLI has been delivering support to people who are unemployed, including, but not limited to disabled people and Armed Forces veteran for many years. However 2016 and 2017 have seen the charity expand this area of their business significantly.

Last year the Kent-based charity was successful in winning funding from the European Social Fund, the Big Lottery and the Department of Work and Pensions which has allowed them to deliver a number of programmes to help people improve their health and wellbeing and move into work.

In April RBLI also gained a nationwide contract to deliver DWP’s Access to Work programme which helps disabled people maintain employment by providing them with assistive technology and other support.

However, this is the first time RBLI will deliver skills training to adults, having only ventured into the skills market earlier in 2017 when they began delivering functional skills and other training to young people aged 16-24.

Steve Woodward, RBLI  Director of Employment Solutions, said: “I am very proud that RBLI has been chosen to deliver this skills training. It further demonstrates that RBLI is becoming known as an expert not just in the welfare-to-work market but also a trusted partner in the skills sector and a charity who can be depended on to deliver to exceptionally high standards.

"There are many people in Kent, and indeed across the country, who are in need of support to gain vital skills which will help them to move into sustainable, relevant employment.

"We strongly believe that the right work is good for you, and are passionate about improving lives by helping people into work.

"We are therefore delighted to have gained this funding so we are able to further expand the support we can offer to those in need. ”

If you or someone you know is struggling to find work or needs help to gain the skills needed for a job, please contact RBLI on 0800 319 6841 or email skills@rbli.co.uk.

Employers who are looking to recruit can also contact RBLI for support by calling 01622 795948.