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A review of the inaugural IEP Networking Event in Newport

27 February 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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A review of the inaugural IEP Networking Event in Newport

The IEP were pleased to hold our first ever Networking Event in Wales entitled ‘First Things First, the whole approach to helping people into Employment’.

Kindly hosted by The Salvation Army Employment Plus and sponsored by ITEC Skills and Employment one of Wales’ leading providers, attendees heard from Samantha Elwick from Salvation Army Employment Plus who gave an overview of the work in Newport and the specific needs of participants who experience difficulties in learning including homelessness, lack of basic skills, mental health and ways to support and empower people to change their circumstances.

Also presenting was John Hallam, Programme Manager from Maindee Unlimited CIO who spoke about the ways Employment Plus have worked with Maindee Unlimited as a community project in the area of paid placement opportunities and the impact on those participants involved.

The main presentations were followed by networking and refreshments kindly sponsored by ITEC Skills and Employment and a few words from their own Gareth Matthews FIEP and his colleagues who spoke about their work in Wales and making a difference to the IEP Membership in Wales going forward.

Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chief Executive said “This event follows a successful Fellows Dinner held in Cardiff last last year and we were delighted to welcome Gower College Swansea as our latest Corporate Affiliate Partners. We are very much committed to building our network in Wales, strengthening our presence amongst our Membership there and to bring new learning and networking opportunities to employability professionals over the coming months. 

You can watch the video presentations from the event here:



Rebecca Keating delivers an interesting session on the history of the Salvation Army in the UK and demonstrates how relevant its work is today, along with its mission, as it was over 100 years ago.




Samantha Elwick describes how the Salvation Army in Newport support a 'First Things First' principle when assisting people in Newport. Some great practice to be shared and fabulous to hear a lot of very positive results.



John Hallam discusses the need for economic and social regeneration in the area of Maindee in Newport. He describes the community interventions that are taking place and what still needs to be done. It is amazing what a community can do with strong leadership and a great deal of will!





Great presentation from @ITECSkills on their social enterprise in Newport offering people the chance to gain skills and move forward in their search for learning and work. The food they produced for the event was excellent and we are very grateful for their support.