FST provides within the various social enterprises it runs, work experience, on the job training and salaried employment to some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of our community. A number of our salaried staff team have been recruited from the shop floor.
More than 95% of those we work with have been unemployed for one or more years, 50% up to 10 years and 17% have never worked at all.
Our approach is about supporting workforce members to utilise the skills and experience they have to hand whist learning new ones. They are encouraged to share their experience and coping strategies with their colleagues.
FST is not a soft or ‘sheltered’ option. Our role is to support workforce members to deal with the pressures and responsibilities of real work in a range of commercial settings. We deliver this opportunity through our social enterprise model (SMaRT).
SMaRT (Socially Minded and Responsible Trading), is a social enterprise business, trading as SMaRT Garage Services. Based on Eccles New Road, SMaRT garage offers real work experience in a number of areas, ranging from motor vehicle maintenance to finance, administration and customer service.
SMaRT Garage Services recently won first place in the Work Readiness Category in the GMCVO awards for Innovation In Health and Social Care within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.