The Enterprise in Education Partnership celebrated the success of its Colchester Into Work Programme yesterday (16 December) by inviting sponsors to attend the Celebration of Achievements Ceremony at Colchester Castle.


The eight-week programme, which sets out to help job seekers to build confidence and necessary skills to move closer to employment, was initially launched in October 2014. On this occasion the initiative aimed to provide support for single mothers. The Enterprise in Education team has worked in close collaboration with local businesses and organisations, including Lion Walk, Culver Square, Colchester Borough Council, Williams & Griffin and Debenhams, which have all contributed to the successful outcome of the initiative. The team behind the Colchester Into Work programme operates from offices in Red Lion Yard next to Lion Walk shopping centre where several of the activities take place.


A total of 18 participants of the Colchester Into Work Programme have successfully completed either a work placement at a retail store in the town or undertaken voluntary work in the community as well as taking part in weekly training to improve IT skills, interview and CV writing techniques and develop team building skills.

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, said: “We are very pleased with the opportunity to be involved with the Colchester Into Work Programme and to give young people a chance to develop those essential skills necessary to have when working in a retail environment. The programme has really been mutually beneficial to jobseekers and businesses alike and it’s encouraging to hear that several young people have found a job as a result of the programme.”

Jenny Healy from The Enterprise in Education Partnership said: “This bespoke employability programme has been a huge success due to a combination of positive factors: the willing participants, the motivational guest speakers, and the incredible support from local Business Partners and large Corporates, which have combined to re-energise, re-focus and re-engage these single parents. It has been our privilege to work with such inspiring women who are ready to return to the work force better prepared and with a sense of self-worth and great confidence.”