ACT Training – ACT Schools

The Careers Wales Education Award, Shortlisted 2016

The ACT Schools project is changing the lives of young people in Cardiff who have previously had difficulties in the education system. Its holistic approach is helping pupils complete school and find their first job.

Good for business

  • ACT Schools is a great referral system for other ACT programmes. Over 150 learners have progressed onto an Engagement Level Traineeship with ACT.
  • ACT Schools is forging excellent relationships with schools by offering them an alternative solution to pupils that do not fit or suit mainstream education.

Good for society

  • The programmes help reduce the number of young people in Wales who are not in work or education.
  • ACT Schools is fully-funded, meaning ACT supports parents and families who do not have the means to self-fund alternative education options.

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ACT Schools steps in when the mainstream education system can no longer teach a child. Whether because of disruptive behaviour, truancy, school phobia or problematic home lives, some young people find themselves outside of the system.

ACT Schools offers students a highly engaging curriculum by balancing core qualifications such as GCSE Maths and English with vocational opportunities. The programme is aimed at the holistic development of learners with a focus on reintegrating them back into mainstream school at a suitable time, or onto further learning and training if they are over 16.

ACT Schools learners study at two dedicated academies: Brook Park Academy in Caerphilly and Ocean Park Academy in Cardiff. 

The project works closely with local schools and Local Authorities to address the current high numbers of learners at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). The latest Welsh Government statistics state there are over 12,000 16-18 year olds who are NEET in Wales.

Early intervention is needed to ensure all young people, especially those disengaged with education, are able to enter the world of work with the best possible chance of success.

The engaging learning environment, staff and curriculum and support packages truly encourages, motivates and nurtures young people to realise what they can achieve.

ACT was established in 1988 with a mission to make a positive difference to people’s lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities. Since then, ACT has offered Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships to its diverse intake of learners with over 6,500 people passing through its doors each year.

What ACT Training's Managing Director said:

“Having left school myself at the age of 15 without any qualifications I am all too aware how difficult it is when you are in a situation where you feel no one believes in you. ACT Schools believe in children that no one else believes in and teaches them how to become successful whether that is progressing onto an Apprenticeship, college or work. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can change their future.” - Andrew Cooksley, Managing Director, ACT Training

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