Our vision is to provide work opportunities for people with disabilities and those at a disadvantage and supply bespoke services to organisations throughout Wales and the UK.
We see ourselves as a stepping stone, allowing disabled people and those at a disadvantage to develop with our support, gain knowledge and skills, and move on and progress within their local communities.
ELITE Clothing Solutions is a trading arm of our main charity ELITE Supported Employment Agency (SEA) Ltd. The main charity has been assisting people with disabilities or disadvantage to obtain and maintain paid employment opportunities within their communities since 1994.
Initially relying on local businesses to provide opportunities, ELITE SEA wanted to set up their own sustainable business with the aim of creating paid employment or work opportunities – ELITE Paper Solutions (EPS) our first social enterprise then launched in 2015.
Offering a bespoke document management service, including confidential shredding, document scanning & archive storage, EPS quickly became a successful enterprise, and now offers services across South Wales. We are able to manage Wales-wide contracts through collaborative working with similar social enterprise.
In January 2019, we were awarded an opportunity by Welsh Government to establish a manufacturing unit, under the “Better Jobs Closer to Home” strategy, which enabled the creation of ELITE Clothing Solutions (ECS). Supported by mentors of Brodwaith Cyf (North Wales), we aim to collaboratively create a Made in Wales brand of clothing, supporting the development of job & training opportunities in this sector, across Wales. Our manufacturing unit based at Ebbw Vale, will operate as an intermediate labour market, centred on people, and, with the aim of increasing long-term employability in the surrounding area, supporting those with aspirations to enter, remain and progress in employment. The benefits of this approach are the reinvestment of profits back into the business or the local community, so that, when the business profits, society profits.
Our workforce includes people who had previously been economically inactive, either due to their disability or circumstances. Day to day, we include tasks that are fully inclusive for disabled people
Through our 1-1 support and training we have helped people gain Agored Cymru work relevant accreditations as well as accessing traineeships and apprenticeships.
By providing person centred training, we have been able to assist individuals develop confidence, job and social skills.
We aim to progress people to jobs, training or volunteering in their local communities through appropriate transitioning & support.