Action Community Enterprise CIC
Action Community Enterprise CIC (ACE) was formed in 2011 to provide life skills, education, training and real work experience of the motor mechanic trade to young people and adults. ACE works with the financially disadvantaged, unemployed, those in poor physical or mental health, and with low skills aged 16+.
The organisation encourages participants to work at their own pace to move on to formal learning, volunteering and paid employment through a programme of one-to-one tuition and group work in both classroom and garage settings. This includes life and social skills, personal development and formal qualifications through the National Open College Network in Garage Mechanics. Clients are primarily NEET (not in employment education or training) and are from a range of disadvantaged groups, including the homeless, those with learning difficulties or behavioural problems and individuals referred by the Youth Offending Team. Free transport to the Rackheath base is provided.
In its first year ACE worked with 84 clients, with 87% receiving an accredited qualification. Demand for its support is growing, and in 2012 Norfolk Community Fund awarded a grant of £2,200 to enable staff hours to be increased to allow more clients to join the scheme.