Developed by British company ‘The Conversationalists’, the ICENI East project provides free innovative conversation events for unemployed individuals within Wisbech in the hopes of increase employment.
These events have a number of benefits people can take away with them; the first being transferable 21st-century skills. The U.K is seeing more employers seek transferable skills that can be applied to a wide variety of jobs, particularly those in different sectors. Developing these skills can therefore enhance employability, which is what ICENI East is trying to achieve here in Cambridgeshire.
Another benefit that can be taken from these sessions is the positive impact they have on mental health and wellbeing.
Jon Crocker, Co-founder of ICENI East, explained:
“What we are offering can be seen as an online mental gym with the conversations being the exercises and the facilitator acting as the personal coach. The events exercise the brain, using different ways of thinking, sharing opinions and developing skills that boost self-confidence. Just like a normal gym, the more effort you put in and the more regularly you attend, the better the results. We are taking bookings now for our first phase of events in early 2022 and we really hope local people will join us and take positive steps to improve their employment prospects.”
ICENI East’s primary goal in 2022 is to uplift the Wisbech community and help guide them towards their future prospects. Rob Power, events creator for the project, said:
“We would welcome enquiries from anyone interested in joining us at these events. We want to explore a range of topics with them, developing not just the theory, but the practical application of 21st-century skills and make a real difference to their employability. To do this effectively needs both commitment and support and we are keen to discuss the project with interested individuals and local organisations who already work with suitable applicants.”
This project is funded and supported by Wisbech Community-Led Local Development, a Cambridgeshire ACRE programme that focuses on supporting local development projects using structural funds from Europe. It aims to increase employment, skills and social enterprise to ensure that local people are involved in developing projects, using resources in the area to address local challenges. You can find out more by clicking here.