On 17 October 2022, SCC Academy launched its first partnership-led initiative in collaboration with Serco ReStart, Maximus, Sharran Project, and Smart Works, aimed at supporting women who have been affected by domestic abuse. The delivery of the training aspect of the pilot project was held at the academy’s Birmingham campus, working under the EDAC (Employer Domestic Abuse Charter) banner, and focused on empowering women to achieve and develop their IT skills whilst improving soft skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving.
Following training, SCC Academy held an event to celebrate the achievements of these strong women who showed resilience and the determination to improve their lives. This was supported by many organisations such as Serco ReStart, Maximus, Sharran Project, Fortem Solutions Ltd, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and Smart Works who provided individuals with further in-depth support and guidance to aid their journey into employment or further studies.
Many of those who completed the course have since expressed an interest in undertaking further learning at the academy whilst others have investigated volunteering opportunities to further enhance their skill set.