Visit to PATH Yorkshire

Fabian visits PATH in Chapel Allerton

On Thursday 1st October, Fabian was very pleased to be invited to visit PATH, the charity organisation located in the constituency that provides training opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic People (BAME). Over the years that PATH has been in operation it has helped develop skills for employability for many hundreds of people who might otherwise have found difficulty in securing employment by creating work-based training opportunities to address BAME under-representation; reducing inequalities in the labour market and promote social inclusion and community cohesion. Most usually this takes the form of help with literacy, numeracy, work experience, financial advice, how to apply for a job and skills needed for a successful interview.

Fabian with Daniel Mundet, Chief Executive of PATH Yorkshire

Daniel Mundet, Chief Executive was able to explain to Fabian the changing context for the organisation. PATH was originally funded through grants from Leeds City Council but following government cuts for local authority services, council support will end this financial year. Both Fabian and Daniel are resolved to ensure that the much needed and valuable work of PATH should not be compromised and Fabian was able to suggest avenues to explore for future funding and support from employment sectors which greatly needed reliable staff with good skills.

Current initiatives by PATH include the Second Chance Project, aimed particularly at those aged over 25 years needing support for employability thus tackling poverty and economic disadvantages for over 25′s, living in Leeds who are working part-time, with zero hour or 8-hour contracts. A second similar scheme, that Talent Match Programme, is directed at those aged between 18 and 24 years who are completely outside of the benefits, work and training system and facing severe barriers to gaining the skills they need to get into work. PATH also sponsors a scheme where volunteers are trained to help those using English as their second language thus giving further support to the challenge of successful job seeking.

Fabia meets members of the team of PATH Yorkshire during his visit to their offices in Chapel Allerton

Another of PATH’s projects is  Stonewall teacher training to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in primary and secondary schools. Train the Trainer courses give pastoral, anti-bullying and PSHE leads the knowledge, tools and confidence to train colleagues on tackling HBT bullying and celebrating difference, as well as meeting the requirement of the new OFSTED school inspection framework.

At the end of his visit, Fabian extended his thanks to PATH for the work that its staff had undertaken in Leeds over the years it had been in operation and pledged his full support and help for their work to continue.

To visit the Path Web Site - Click here