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How Clwyd Alyn Housing Association helped vulnerable and homeless people gain qualifications.

First published:
12 February 2018
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Clwyd Alyn Housing Association provides supported accommodation for 16 – 25 year old single, vulnerable and homeless people, across the 4 counties of North Wales and in 8 of the projects deliver our ODEL (Opening Doors, Enhancing Lives) Learning and Training Programme. The programme is made up from Agored Quality Assured Lifelong Learning units mainly from Sector 14 (preparation for life and work) and each of the units are chosen around the support and life skills provided in each project.

The reason for setting up this programme was to encourage and motivate clients (most of which are not in education, employment or training (NEET) with many being excluded from education) to engage in a safe, comfortable and familiar environment. The units are delivered in small groups or one to one if needed.

Progress and outcomes

The individual units provide bite sized pieces of learning which enable clients to start achieving, and the units are considered as the building blocks to future development. Some learners from the programme delivered in 2013 progressed to further qualifications in 2014 and employment positions following participation in the course and based on their ODEL/Agored Cymru certificates.

Source: The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales: A qualitative review of its impact