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Published 31 March 2017

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Working 4U service has received a very positive report by Education Scotland (HMIe).

The inspection focused on the key aspects of the service including adult learning, employability, youth services, tackling inequality, community development, partnerships, engagement with schools, out of hours family learning and volunteering. 

The service was praised for the support in place to help guide young people from education to employment and through the partnership approach helping residents find learning, training and employment opportunities in West Dunbartonshire and beyond 

Inspectors rated the Leadership and Direction and Delivering Learning as Very Good. Inspectors indicated to senior staff that they considered the work bordering on excellent.  They also classed both the Impact on Communities and the work of Working 4U and its partners in the community as Good.

The service works in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Community Planning, Educational Services and West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust and third sector partners including Y-Sort-It and The Tullochan Trust to offer further education, training and employment to residents.

The inspectors were so impressed with aspects of the service and highlighted key areas of particular strength including the strong staff and volunteer commitment; the life changing impact on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the community and the nurturing ethos that supports social and emotional wellbeing.

In the last year Working 4U has helped more than 600 residents gain a recognised qualification and 488 reported an increase in their communication, social and interpersonal skills.

Working4U also assisted 237 learners to attend literacy and numeracy courses and helped 622 residents in to positive outcomes for learners engaged in voluntary work or Community activity.

Peter Barry, Strategic Lead for Housing and Employability, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our dedicated staff, volunteers and partners for their hard work and commitment to the residents of West Dunbartonshire. It is down to their efforts, talent and dedication that inspectors found many areas of the service were so good, they were bordering on scoring excellent.”

Stephen Brooks, Working 4U Manager, added: “This is a fantastic achievement and fully recognises and highlights the great achievement of the service and staff. We have many residents who have attended and benefited from courses we, and our, partners have delivered.  I would like to thank everyone connected with the service for the part they have played in helping residents reach their full potential.