Superact: Supporting Employability & Personal Effectiveness

By November 3, 2016 News No Comments

Superact’s SEPE qualification aims to support vulnerable groups, individuals that find it difficult to engage with formal education or those simply seeking a different route to certification and employability. Students work together on a creative arts project – be it music, film, theatre, visual arts or anything creative of their choosing – and whilst doing so are encouraged to practice and hone important soft skills such as cooperation, listening, contributing, good communication and meeting deadlines. They come out the other end of the project with a renewed sense of self-esteem, enhanced skills essential for future education and employment, and a qualification they often didn’t even realise they had worked to achieve.  Superact runs Train the Trainer sessions for creative practitioners and institutions that then go on to deliver the course to groups across the UK.

SEPE has grown in strength and visibility throughout 2016, and our delivery partners have had a busy and successful year so far. 14 projects have taken place across the country with 94 learners enrolled in total and a whopping great 95% of these qualifying successfully. The courses are being delivered by Tandem Theatre, Manchester, working with Salford Open Learning and young people from Bridgewater and the Hub on a variety of theatre projects; Finding Rhythms, London, who are working with learners in HMP the Mount (Hemel Hempstead) to produce CDs of their own music and artwork, and are about to embark on their 18th SEPE project; enJOY Arts, Manchester; Grow 4 Good, Devon; and Photovoice, London.

We also have some exciting new projects in the pipeline. January 2017 will see our first partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association, using countryside crafts to develop SEPE-based craft apprenticeships for learners in West Somerset. There is also work afoot to develop a new SEPE-delivery model using sports leadership activities.

Here’s what some learners had to say about their SEPE experience:

“I knew we could all do it. There have been some challenges, I’ve tried new things and developed my skills”                                                                                                                                                          Y, enJOY Arts

“I really enjoyed the course and got to collaborate with some wonderful people”         R, Finding Rhythms

“I want to thank Finding Rhythms. I never thought I’d be able to record music in prison. It’s brought me out of my shell”                                                                                                                             T, Finding Rhythms

For more information on the SEPE qualification please contact kirsty@superact.org.uk