Teenage trainees told their success stories to businesses, charities, colleges and dozens of others at a bumper partner event arranged by social enterprise training provider Enta.
Enta provides training courses, advice, guidance and career support to help more than 2,000 young people into employment every year.
The community-interest company works with dozens of partner organisations across the West Midlands and 75 attendees came together to discuss future business link ups during Enta’s Key Partner Event.
Among the visitors were representatives from Birmingham City Council and Aston Reinvestment Trust (ART); Job Centre Plus and the Connexions service; city recruitment firms Pertemps and Remploy; and training providers LATA and Crackerjack, among many others.
Kevin Hayes, chief executive of Enta, said: “Enta has a very strong social ethos and our partners share our values too. This event allowed us to thank partners who have helped us succeed over more than 30 years and build some other really strong relationships too.”
The attendees enjoyed a tour of Enta’s Mill Wharf offices before trainees Laura Ball, Rebecca Smith, Liam Hubbard and Chris Preece told their personal success stories of training with Enta.
Kevin Hayes continued: “It was vital for our partners to hear directly from the young people we help – the trainees themselves; it is their stories that inspire the work we do.
“This was also a valuable opportunity for people to see the full breadth of our work – training is at the heart of the organisation but Enta also provides conferencing and catering facilities, Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre and Little Mill nursery.
“Our work is only as good as our partner network so it was great to see so many social-minded organisations at the event.”
As well as being a training provider, Enta also runs Little Mill Nursery and Top Lock Cafe, at Mill Wharf, and Lakeside Family and Children’s Centre, in Wyrley Birch. In addition, it offers conference and catering facilities – including a halal kitchen – as well as a landscaping and construction service.
For more information on Enta call 0121 380 4800.