As proud winners of the East Midlands Chamber Community Impact Award in Nottinghamshire last year, Portland Pathways has now been nominated for the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Equality Trailblazer Award. This national award celebrates an organisation that champions diversity and promotes inclusion for their workforce, customers and communities.
The Pathways initiative, which launched in 2017, enables Portland College to reach out further into the community, with hubs in Sutton and Mansfield, and plans to expand into other locations in the near future.
Pathways is a triple award-winning community focused initiative which aims to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It supports customers to develop their skills and prepare for and find employment. Our popular Recovery College courses, in partnership with the NHS, help people to understand and improve their mental health and our 1:1 counselling service provides people with strategies to overcome barriers to employment.
Pathways also works closely with local businesses to help them become more accessible and to recruit the right staff for their roles.
Since it launched, Pathways has so far had over 800 referrals to the service, 206 Recovery College course completions, secured 195 jobs and delivered 406 counselling hours.
Mark Dale, Principal and CEO commented, “We are extremely proud of the growing impact our Portland Pathways initiative has in the local community and this national recognition is a wonderful way to celebrate the difference Pathways makes.
We believe all people with disabilities should have a lifetime of opportunity, and this programme serves to tackle the disability employment gap locally.
The team have worked hard throughout the pandemic to continue providing their vital service, including securing 48 job starts since 24th March 2020. With almost half of our clients reporting they have mental health needs, this ongoing support has been even more crucial for people in these difficult times.”
Regional winners will be announced by the Chamber of Commerce on 8th November, with national winners being named at a virtual awards ceremony in December. Wish us luck!
To find out how the Pathways team can support you, get in touch on 01623 499193 or