Graduate demonstrates value of business

Training provider and food and grocery industry recruitment solution charity The Employment Academy (TEA) demonstrated the value of their services and subsequently put in motion plans to expand after receiving support from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

TEA were looking to expand their operations beyond Cornwall, but needed additional resource to put together a strong proposition for expansion. ESI Knowledge Exchange Manager Dr Jodie West helped TEA secure graduate, Teifi Warner, on a three month placement to carry out important research and analysis into their activities.

Teifi’s work confirmed that the services offered by TEA helped boost self confidence and motivation as well as impart the practical skills clients required to succeed in the workplace. This strengthened the proposition for expansion and TEA are now looking at setting up in Exeter and Plymouth. From her work, she demonstrated TEA’s value by completing a thorough analysis of:

  • Factors that influence people’s decisions to stay or leave a post.
  • Financial and social benefit to the individual and the local economy.
  • Potential barriers to employment for the unemployed and those with learning disabilities.
  • Impact of programmes like those offered by TEA.

Teifi’s work has proven so valuable she has now been employed permanently by TEA.