Monarch X PET-Xi


We are working with training provider, PET-Xi, and the Kings Heath Job Centre to support people back into employment across Birmingham and the Black Country.


The three organisations have formed a partnership to provide employment training. This includes interview preparation and employment opportunities in schools across the region.


Monarch has engaged with more than 1000 individuals from the job centre and has placed more than 200 people into work following the completion of a PET-Xi training course. Following this success, the organisations have built a new course for individuals with special educational needs and disabilities.


During the course, individuals will complete employability training. This consists of CV writing, completing a DBS application and a Monarch Education application pack.

Learning and development


Further support has been given to remove any barriers individuals faced during the course. This includes reducing the length of the day, offering more breaks, working longer in the morning and using larger fonts.


Sophie Banks, Regional Operations Manager at Monarch Education, said: “Everyone who attends one of our courses with PET-Xi will be guaranteed an interview.”


“So far we’ve had a 100% fill rate for people who have passed the interview and completed their application. Everyone has been engaged with the programme and has been keen to start work in schools. Some of the roles include Kitchen Assistants, Lunchtime Supervisors and Cleaners.”

Monarch Education has put extra steps in place to support the individuals through the onboarding journey. The course took place at Monarch Education’s Birmingham office so they could meet Sophie and the team before their interview. Before start work in September, Sophie will visit the school with them so they are comfortable with the new surroundings. The Job Centre’s Disability Employment Advisers will support individuals during their first few weeks in work.


She added: “It’s important that we put support in place so individuals feel comfortable the team and their new workplace. People with learning difficulties and disabilities can struggle with change so we have implemented different processes to support their needs.”


The Job Centre’s Disability Employment Advisers also support individuals to complete the Health Passport. This ensures a clear record and can be used with new line managers to explain what is needed at work.

Successful partnership


Kerri Bowers, Contract Manager at PET-Xi commented: “It is a pleasure to be working with Monarch Education to offer so many of our learners from all backgrounds the opportunity to gain employment in schools. Through our successful partnership we have ran tailored programmes for parents, over 50 year olds and most recently for those with learning difficulties and disabilities, being able to tailor the programmes to specific needs, ensures we can break down any barriers our learners have to gaining skills they need to enter employment.”


If you’re looking to work in schools and feel you would benefit from employability training, get in touch with our team today by emailing or phoning 03300 249 900.