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Professional Development Courses

From September 2014, QED is launching a new, competitively priced programme of professional training courses which are open to employers, public, private and voluntary sector organisations and individuals wishing to learn new skills. For more information see our Training Course Brochure and Application Form.

Specialist Employability Support for the Visually Impaired

QED Foundation is currently delivering the Specialist Employability Support for the Visually Impaired across West Yorkshire on behalf of the Royal National College for the Blind and 3SC.

The SES VI programme offers individuals with a Visual Impairment the opportunity to improve their employability skills. Our advisors at QED will create an individualised action plan with you, and offer support on:

• CV preparation;
• Covering letters;
• Confidence-building;
• Interview skills;
• Job search; and
• IT support.

The SES VI programme is delivered from our main office at Quest House, 38 Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD. If you require any further information please contact QED on 0300 500 1000.

We are taking referrals and spaces are still available on this programme! If you are interested please get in touch with your Job Centre Plus Advisor.

Talk English Together

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is funding Talk English Together as part of a research project, to collect evidence on the impact of community-based ESOL programmes. DCLG has commissioned researchers from BMG Research and the Learning & Work Institute to support the research, and help us record and analyse learner outcomes.

As part of the initiative QED is delivering two free English language courses between mid-April and December 2016 helping 32 learners with help from 2 ESOL teachers and a team of 6 volunteer teaching assistants.

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Talk English Together – Free English Language Course

QED is starting free English language courses in mid-April and September 2016 in Bradford and Keighley. These courses are funded by the DCLG as part of a research project.

If You:

can speak little or no English (are at Pre-entry to Entry-1 ESOL Level)
aged 19+
have been resident in the UK for 12+ months
are unemployed and not looking for work and not on JSA

Then this course is for you.

For more information please call QED at 0300 500 1000 and speak with an administrator.

Talk English – Phase 3

September 2016 – MARCH 2017

QED in partnership with the Shipley College is delivering Phase-3 of the ‘Talk English’ a project after successful completion of its first two phases. This project is aimed at members of ethnic minority community, speakers of languages other than English. Through this project we aim to help people with little or no English to learn the language and get more involved in the wider society.

Through Talk English Phase-3 QED is:

1. Offering Free English courses in the community in Bradford and Keighley to help people improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.

2. This project is designed in a unique format where the courses are taught by aspiring volunteer ESOL Teachers. Before aspiring candidates are enrolled on the course to teach, candidates are given a 5-week training by the Shipley College and supported by QED throughout the duration of the project.

3. Phase-2 will be carrying out a set activities aimed at integrating people from BME backgrounds. These activities will be carried out by trained Talk English volunteers known as ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’. People from BME backgrounds with low levels of English be assessed to check eligibility to join these activities. The aim of the activities is to help BME people to make access to services easy and become confident members of the society whilst practising using English in everyday life subjects.

4. ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’ are trained community friendly volunteers who will deliver 1:1 support to the activities beneficiaries. ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’ aim to engage beneficiaries in informal means of learning English whilst indulging in a number of indoor and outdoor activities.

Talk English

APRIL 2015 – MARCH 2016

QED delivered ‘Talk English’ a project aimed to help people with little or no English to learn English language and get more involved in the wider society. Through the Talk English project QED:

1. Offered Free English Courses in community settings to help people improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. These courses were taught by volunteer ESOL Teachers who were trained by Shipley College and supported by QED throughout the project.
2. ‘Integration activities’ carried out by trained volunteer Talk English Friends who offered 1:1 support to beneficiaries with low levels of English in order to help access services and get more involved in their community and encourage the relatives of the beneficiaries to get more involved in their community and to practise using English in their everyday life.
3. Working with local services and community organisations, Talk English Activities took place to provide further opportunities for people to practise their English.
4. Through a Conversation Café beneficiaries engaged in informal means of learning English indulging in a number of indoor and outdoor activities aiming to help them become confident members of the British society.

As part of the project QED recruited and trained Volunteer ESOL Teachers who provided enthusiastic and committed support into making a difference to learner’s lives and teaching English. Volunteer ESOL teachers in turn improved their English skills by co-teaching ESOL course alongside another volunteer. In return for their teaching commitment, they received free training.

New Arrival Women’s Network (NAWN)

QED created a weekly drop in group ‘’New Arrival Women’s Network (NAWN)’’ to facilitate Third Country National women and those who have been on European Integration Fund (EIF) courses run by QED. The women benefited from a diverse range of activities organised by our IAG Advisors and experts from different walks of life. Activities were organised with the purpose of imparting new skills in the women and included workshops, events, and talks on Styling and Make-up, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, film and literature, home-cooked food sale, Immigration, Health, Careers, Domestic life etc. and much more.

NAWN provided a platform for women to:
· Become Inspired & Confident to participate in activities taking place around them;
· Meet new people, make Friends and feel less isolated;
· Improve English language skills;
· Develop new skills and get knowledge from our experts from various lines of work;
· Get practical Advice on matters of daily life.

NAWN activities took place on Mondays from 11:00am – 3:00pm at QED, Quest House, 38 Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD in December 2014.

Living in Britain

Funded by:

Outline:

Living In Britain specifically caters to Third Country National women living in and around Mirpur District and the North Punjab Province of Pakistan who will be joining and settling with their husbands in the UK. The course aims to train Pakistani women in pre-departure ESOL, citizenship, integration and world of work in the UK through quality training and information, advice and guidance sessions to help them better prepare for their new life in the UK.

Locations:

In and around Mirpur District and the North Punjab Province of Pakistan

Contact:

Places are available now. To find out more and register on to the course, please contact Arfa or Toseem at UKCEL on 00 92 5827 438998.

Quest for Integration Yorkshire

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Organisation: QED Foundation
Project: Quest for Integration (Yorkshire)
Who we are?  QED Foundation is a national leading ethnic minority led social enterprise which aims to improve the economic and social prosperity of ethnic minorities across the UK and work towards a harmonious society in which opportunity is not dependent on ethnic origin, race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender.
Strategic Priorities Assisting in the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) who are legally in the UK with a potential route to settlement: Supporting eligible migrants to become integrated and active members of UK society through provision of ESOL, pre-employment advice, generic employability skills and signposting to vocational training, voluntary and community activities and mentoring opportunities.
Specific Priorities Third Country National (TCN) women who have been in the UK for less than ten years.
Project Summary  Quest for Integration (Yorkshire) will provide English language and integration training to 300 eligible third-country women to aid their better integration into mainstream economic and social activity in Britain by June 2015. We will provide English language at pre-entry and entry level 1,2,3 through a ten week programme of accredited English language training and confidence building; communication skills; personal finance, banks, bills, credit and insurance; shopping, cultural and leisure facilities, health, housing, education services, heritage visits and integrated IAG. In addition we will undertake award ceremonies, case studies, heritage and Employer/World-of-Work visits to employers.Crèche facilities to ensure participation.

 

Quest for Integration London

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Organisation: QED Foundation
Project: Quest for Integration (London)
Who we are?  QED Foundation is a national leading ethnic minority led social enterprise which aims to improve the economic and social prosperity of ethnic minorities across the UK and work towards a harmonious society in which opportunity is not dependent on ethnic origin, race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender.
Strategic Priorities Assisting in the integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) who are legally in the UK with a potential route to settlement: Supporting eligible migrants to become integrated and active members of UK society through provision of ESOL, pre-employment advice, generic employability skills and signposting to vocational training, voluntary and community activities and mentoring opportunities.
Specific Priorities Third Country National (TCN) women who have been in the UK for less than ten years.
Project Summary  Quest for Integration (London) will provide English language and integration training to 150 eligible third-country women to aid their better integration into mainstream economic and social activity in Britain by June 2015. We will provide English language at pre-entry and entry level 1,2,3 through a ten week programme of accredited English language training and confidence building; communication skills; personal finance, banks, bills, credit and insurance; shopping, cultural and leisure facilities, health, housing, education services, heritage visits and integrated IAG. In addition we will undertake award ceremonies, case studies, heritage and Employer/World-of-Work visits to employers, providing crèche facilities to ensure participation.

 

Supervised Jobsearch Programme

QED is delivering the Supervised Jobsearch Programme contract in Bradford and district as the only sub-contractor to G4S.

Customers attend up to 35 hours a week and participate in supervised jobsearch activity for a period of 13 weeks.

The intention of the programme is to help unemployed customers to jobsearch more effectively in order to increase their likelihood of moving into work. Delivery includes:

  1. Ensuring customers’ job goals are realistic and appropriate to their abilities and the local labour market
  2. Delivering bespoke career guidance, mentoring and counselling to improve customers’ job skills
  3. Delivery of one-to-one and group sessions to customers to give them the skills to enhance their employability
  4. Introducing customers to a range of new job sites to further facilitate their knowledge of the local labour market and improve the quality of their job search
  5. Creating CVs and covering letters that are up to date and are individually tailored to the vacancies within the area
  6. Assisting customers with completing application forms to showcase their existing range of skills, experience and abilities
  7. Delivering sessions on interview skills ensuring customers understand how to present themselves at an interview to improve their chances of success.

New Arrival Women’s Network (NAWN)

QED ran a ‘’New Arrival Women’s Network (NAWN)’’ to work with the local women in Bradford, Leeds and Keighley. The network was open to all Third Country National women and those who are or have been on European Integration Fund (EIF) courses run by QED. The network aimed to support women to:

  • · Meet others in the local area
  • · Make friends
  • · Feel less isolated
  • · Improve English language skills
  • · Think about options for the future such as learning and skills, hobbies or interests or moving into work
  • · Hear interesting life stories
  • · Field trips

Over 120 women joined the network and were regularly supported by our team of experts from different walks of life. Some of the mentors were former beneficiaries of QED courses funded by EIF and come from different backgrounds. Download the PDF

Creative Writing Competition

The Creative Writing Competition was a unique and exciting initiative set up by local Bradfordian Nasir Haider and sponsored by QED, to address the struggling educational levels of children in inner city Bradford. It aimed to improve performance and interest in literature which is becoming increasingly necessary in a society where technology is becoming more prevalent and people are no longer prioritising the need to develop a strong level of English reading and writing. The competition allowed entrants the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in creative thinking and literary skill. To allow as many young people as possible to enter the competition the only entry requirements were that entrants should be from the city of Bradford and be aged between 14-17 years old. The word limit was 2000 words.

Whilst it was a chance for young people to prove their skills in creative writing, the competition also had a challenging and unique aspect – each year the entrants will be allocated a ‘theme’ which should form the core of their creative piece. The themes are carefully selected and relate to an important issue affecting the world. Entrants had one month in which to complete their work after which each piece was assessed by a selected panel of judges. Each piece was judged against three criteria: originality, literary skill and theme interpretation. All finalists were invited to an awards ceremony in which the winners were announced. Every finalist received a prize. Our hope was that success in the competition would support students in college, university and job applications and would give them the confidence to pursue their interest in creative writing beyond their school years.


Unity through Diversity

The project targeted eligible third country women in most need of help to integrate into life in the UK through a programme of free English language support and citizenship. Regular courses ran at local centres in Leeds, Bradford and Keighley until June 2014, each lasting 9 weeks in total, including assessment. The project was flexible to take learners with different levels of English. All learners followed an accredited course of study and gained a certificate at the end through regular support and guidance. Learners had the opportunity to go on visits and meet new women who were also recently arrived to the UK. The project was taught by well qualified and experienced QED staff, with creche provision for the pre-school children of learners.


English for Work

The English for Work (E4W) project aimed to improve the integration of 250 third country national women who had newly arrived to the UK (mainly from Pakistan and Bangladesh) into British society. It aimed to do this by its showing the women about British values, citizenship and British work ethics and practices through the provision of information, advice and guidance, volunteering and English language (ESOL) training to prepare better for employment and for those in low paid work to progress more. The project targeted women needing support to prepare for employment and to progress from low paid work. Regular courses ran at local centres in Bradford and Keighley until June 2014, each lasting 9 weeks in total, including exam.


QED Work Club

Funded by Jobcentre Plus/DWP, the Work Club’s overall aim was to support unemployed people in the Bradford District to find suitable employment. The club was run by experienced Job Coaches and helped individuals improve job search skills, interview skills, CV updating, methods of job search including use of web-based services, written applications, covering letters, and speculative approaches. QED Work Club provided information, advice and guidance, encouragement, coaching, mentoring and any other support necessary to improve the employability skills of unemployed people in their search for work. QED Work Club operated a ‘coffee morning’ one day a week from 10am – 12.30pm on Wednesday, which included specialist support provided by experienced Job Coaches.


Integrate UK

QED in partnership with Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) and with funding from the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals, ran free courses for women who were in the process of applying to enter the UK to join their husbands. They were ten week part time courses run by trained English Language teachers at Mirpur University campus. Exams were set by a UK Border Agency recognised test provider.


Careers Advice and Learning in Madrasahs

CALMs offered a wide range of engagement and support activities to 11-16 year olds and their family members through Madrasahs. It aimed to improve knowledge of learning, education and employment opportunities and self-confidence skills for the young disadvantaged young people and their parents, as well as increase access and referrals to mainstream training organisations. CALMs increased aspirations and attainment for such multiple disadvantaged individuals. It inspired young people with additional support from their parents, family members, and local communities and strengthen provider partnerships for improved community cohesion benefit.


Bradford Community Life Fund

On behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Government Office for Yorkshire and The Humber, QED administered a £1.8M Community Fund over four years, awarding grants to benefit over 500 grass root community groups working with their local communities in the Bradford district.


Faith in Communities

Sponsored by the Lloyds TSB Foundation, this was a two-year national campaign in England to educate grant-givers about the non-faith work of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities. Over 50 grant givers participated and 150 faith groups benefited.


Employer Diversity Project

An innovative pilot project funded by Jobcentre Plus that helped 250 employers to improve the ethnic composition of their workforce across eight Jobcentre Districts in England and Wales. Eighty bespoke diversity action plans were produced for companies which, between them, employed 35,000 personnel and 27 certificates were presented at the House of Lords to companies which publicly committed to implementing these diversity action plans.


Faith in Health

This project, funded by The Health Foundation, involved working with local community groups and co-ordinating seminars in Yorkshire region for health professionals about the specific needs of minority faith communities.


Gateway to the Professions

Through a series of workshop/focus group sessions run by QED-UK in seven cities across England and Wales, beginning with Bradford in December 2006 as a pilot, the project provide insights into the experiences of ethnic minorities in progressing their careers and developed methods for Professional Bodies to become more meritocratic.


Getting to Know Your Communities

Under this programme, QED trained over 700 senior managers on diversity from Barclays, British Waterways, Business Links, Environment Agency, Bradford & Bingley, Government Office and others.


IMPACTSS

This was a three-year project, funded by BBC Children in Need, which involved QED working with three madrassas in Bradford to assist 180 Muslim children to improve their literacy skills. As a result of this project, the government is working nationally to improve the links between madrassas and mainstream schools. See Madrassa Literacy Project.


Making a New Life

This was a two-year research project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, that sought to clearly identify migration and integration issues by working with communities, community partners and statutory organisations, and to find new ways of strengthening community cohesion that could be applied in a national policy context.


Muslim Employment Conference

This was a major consultation, funded by DWP and DfES, that involved two seminars with over 100 participants in Yorkshire and London and resulted in a final report for Ministerial consideration on the difficulties faced by Muslim graduates in finding employment.


Muslim Graduate Employment

This was a two-year research project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, that sought to clearly identify migration and integration issues by working with communities, community partners and statutory organisations, and to find new ways of strengthening community cohesion that could be applied in a national policy context.


Pensions Education Programme

This three-year programme helped to increase financial awareness among members of the South Asian community in the UK — particularly in the Yorkshire region — so as to help them make better plans for their retirement. It did this through a DVD which was used in group presentations and one-to-one sessions with employees, organised by QED-UK in conjunction with employers across the region.


Now Let’s Talk Money

This initiative set out to engage with excluded men and women who were likely to be of British Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and who had come from communities with strong cultural traditions of family and a cash society where money was ‘pooled’ to assist the individual with the greatest need. This was achieved through a DVD and a series of financial awareness seminar across Yorkshire and Lancashire.


Pathways

This was an annual event which QED has run successfully for the past five years since??. It introduces 100 young people aged between ? to ten employers in order that they might learn about the world of work over a period of two days.


Refugee Challenge Fund

Funded by the Home Office Integration Fund, this project targets 60 people who are recognised as having legitimate refugee status. It provides innovative measures to support the integration of such refugees into mainstream economic activity and active citizenship thus enabling them to make a full contribution to their community and achieve their full potential.


Regional Economic Strategy

Funded by Yorkshire Forward and the Regional Development Agency, QED developed and ran two events involving 80 ethnic minority businesses and community groups in West and South Yorkshire to contribute towards the RDA’s 10 year regional economic strategy.


Talking of Education

This was a region-wide campaign, funded by DfES to educate South Asian parents in the ways of the British education system and how they could support their children’s involvement in it.


Pathways to Peace

The Pathways to Peace project was funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sought to create an opportunity and environment in which British Vice-Chancellors and their counterparts in Pakistan could consider how best to influence and shape young people’s thinking so as to prevent radicalisation on campus that might lead to violent extremism. It was seen that this would contribute to a reduction in extremism both globally and specifically within the UK.


Madrassa Children’s Literacy Project

Developing strong and sustainable links between madrassas and schools is vital for the improved reading, writing and literacy of young Muslim children, particularly in inner city areas. The need to develop long term working relationships between those who have a strong interest in improving the literacy amongst Muslim children was evident from the Madrassa Children’s Literacy Project which QED ran until 2010.

The Project was funded by the Department for Education and Skills ‘Children, Young People and Families Grant Programme’ and enabled QED to initiate a dialogue, build bridges and foster understanding between teachers, governors, parents and children from different communities, reducing the fear and distrust which then existed.


New Start – DWP

Since 2003 QED has been running a very successful programme that each year, helped about 150 new arrivals (ie, people who have been in the UK for less than 18 months) to settle in Britain and look for employment.

Until June 2008, this programme was called the “New Arrivals” programme and was run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus; but then it was renamed the “New Start” programme and continues its work — now in partnership with BEST and funded by DWP.


First Step – DWP

In partnership with Working Links and with funding from the EU Commission by way of the European Social Fund, this programme is designed to help people get into jobs so that they can attain their full potential.


Unite

The Unite Project is funded by the European Integration Fund and it seeks to support the integration of 600 women — all spouses and third-country nationals, newly-arrived in West Yorkshire mainly from Pakistan and Bangladesh — into British society. It was a three year project from 200? to 2011.


Future Jobs Fund

QED delivered the Future Jobs Fund scheme through 3SC. To date, QED has employed 18 people on this programme. The main aim of the programme is to help employees from the Future Jobs Fund develop key employment skills such as their communication skills, team working, IT skills etc. This is in order to help them progress into further sustainable employment in their future lives.

The scheme was for an initial 6 months for a 25 hour week. Past employees from this scheme have gone on to find further employment, once their 6 months employment have ended.


Pehla Kadam

Pehla Kadam (which means first step) provided community based ESOL training to ethnic minority women who have arrived in Bradford and District to join families. It supports these women and helps them to become more economically active, better able to support their children in school and to integrate more fully into British society. It also allows them to progress to mainstream learning opportunities. The training also helped the women develop employability skills. Training included job search and careers advice and guidance.