Westward Pathfinder

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Westward Pathfinder is an Ofsted Grade 2 training provider offering support to approximately 4,000 people each year through a variety of programmes and services; supported by 70 dedicated staff, delivering training and employment support programmes to contract values in the region of £1.8m per annum. 

We are a local Devon based charity set up in 1999 to assist the unemployed, economically inactive and disadvantaged members of our communities into employment, education and training using a wide range of interventions. During this time we have established an excellent reputation within the industry for delivering high quality employment related services and skills provision, ensuring we are the first port of call for national prime contractors and regional lead partners. Due to our consistent high performance and quality across our programmes we have been made finalists on the ERSA Awards 2016 for Partner of the Year.

Our History

Pathfinder was set up in 1994, initially as a three year Devon County Council ESF project to train unemployed people in Ilfracombe.  In 1999 North Devon Pathfinder Trust was formed as an independent charity and over the next five years developed to the stage where it was running seven learning centres across rural North and West Devon.  In order to increase our geographical coverage in 2010, North Devon Pathfinder Trust bought out a private sector company, Westward Training and Personnel, which delivered similar services in Exeter and Torbay and the two companies merged in January 2012.

Our Locations

Our centres are located in Exeter, Torquay, Barnstaple and Bideford with additional satellite operations in our partners venues in Newton Abbot, Tiverton and Honiton. All of our centres are in prominent town centre locations with easy access to public transport and parking and are strategically placed to mirror JCP Office locations.

Who we help

Our target client groups include; the long term unemployed, the newly unemployed, JCP Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) clients, older people, lone parents, those who are rurally and socially isolated, clients with disabilities and mental health issues, young people who are NEET’s (not in employment, education and training) and clients with a history of offending.

Our Mission, Values and Vision

A full staff day was held in August 2012 to gain views on what the staff felt the mission, values and vision of the new company should be.  This was to establish the fundamentals that would underpin all work carried out and to ensure that all staff felt ownership of these fundamental values. 

Our Mission

Leading the way to a brighter future - Working together to reach your goals through local, flexible training and support. 

Our Values

Honest, ethical, trustworthy, motivational, supportive, responsive, friendly, flexible.

Our Vision

We will strive to give our clients the greatest possible opportunities to fulfil their maximum potential and achieve their life goals in the world of learning and work 

We will deliver the highest possible quality of advice, training and support.   

We strongly believe that personal and social development is an essential element of progression in learning and work.  

To fulfil this vision we will fully integrate all our training and welfare to work provision to focus on the maximum support for each individual client.

Current Programme Activity

Westward Pathfinder delivers the following programmes from our centres located across Devon and Torbay local authorities;

  • The Work Programme, sub-contracted from Prospects
  • Community Work Placements, sub-contracted from Rehabjobfit
  • National Careers Service, sub-contracted from Prospects
  • Direct Adult Skills Budget contract with the SFA covering classroom learning (ICT, literacy and numeracy, employability and life skills) and work based learning (Customer Service, Business Administration, Health and Social Care, Team Leading and Management)
  • Learndirect centres contract
  • Apprenticeships – SFA funded
  • Skills Support for Redundancy – SFA/ESF funded sub contracted through learndirect
  • Skills Support for the Unemployed – SFA/ESF funded sub contracted through Careers South West
  • Flexible Fund for the Unemployed, sub-contracted from Petroc

Our Key Strengths

  • Outstanding use of a variety of programmes and funding streams, including SFA, ESF and DWP, to develop different learning journeys focused on the individual and their learning, economic and social development needs. This leads to a very high level of progression into jobs and further training, a growing learner satisfaction rating and a high number of reports of increased self-confidence.
  • Excellent partnership working leading to high numbers of referrals of long term unemployed and other disadvantaged learners from partner agencies.  These disadvantaged learners increase their confidence and skill levels through varied activities leading to exceptionally high numbers of long term unemployed finding employment. 
  • Excellent record for promoting and succeeding in achieving job outcomes in non-traditional gender roles.
  • Excellent and growing focus on participation by learning difficulty and/or disability.
  • Very flexible provision for work based learning responding to learners on shift patterns and adapting to employers’ needs.   
  • Extremely robust observation system now in place using external independent consultant, joint observations with our own managers and additional moderation through joint observations by Ofsted Inspector funded through LSIS.

If you are interested in working with us or would like more information about Westward Pathfinder, please contact:

Jo Osgood, CEO - josgood@westwardpathfinder.org.uk

George Curry, Strategy Adviser - gcurry@westwardpathfinder.org.uk

Victoria Stoker, Head of Resources - vstoker@westwardpathfinder.org.uk

Paul Huxtable, Development Manager - phuxtable@westwardpathfinder.org.uk

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