In total, 36 older people were engaged through the Fab Weld 50+ project. Although the target number of participants (60) was not reached, the retention and engagement of participants who did attend during the project/activity delivery period was excellent.
Feedback from participants suggested that they valued the opportunity to pass on skills and knowledge to younger apprentices and learners at The Welding Academy, with some participants going on to become volunteers to support those at the start of their working life.
Leisure courses for over-50s have continued to be offered by The Welding Academy beyond the end of the Fab Weld 50+ project. Delivery of these courses will be funded through a small per-participant fee (introduced following consultation with existing participants), with costs kept to a minimum by the sourcing of donations of materials and resources from local businesses.
As a result of delivering the Fab Weld 50+ project, The Welding Academy has developed strong relationships with a number of other Brightlife delivery partners, including Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Age UK Cheshire, with whom it has continued to share resources and opportunities.
The Welding Academy has also signed the ‘Age-friendly Pledge’, a commitment to uphold a set of values and policies to ensure that the company remains an age-friendly organisation, and has begun the process of setting up a CIC to access more funding streams for community projects.
“Working with Brightlife has allowed us to further value the experience and skills that
over-50s can bring to our company.”
The Welding Academy