‘Progress’, is a part of ‘Building Better Opportunities’ - a programme funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.
We are able to offer employment support to young persons on the BBO Progress programme who have been engaging regularly and consistently with their Progress Coach and have accessed either in-house or specialist activities, but not yet made any meaningful progress towards entering employment.
The young person may still face significant barriers (e.g. poor mental health, learning differences, physical disabilities) which, are continuing to hinder their ability to engage with employment opportunities. Alternatively, Progress Coaches may not be able to identify or source appropriate opportunities relevant to the young person’s aspirations.
Support will predominantly be aimed at progressing young people into employment, or formally recognised and progressive training such as an apprenticeship.
In the first instance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce the young person:
(a) Date and employment status on enrolment (i.e. unemployed or economically inactive)
(b) Progress activity, engagment and duration to date
(c) Their home location and most convenient time(s) to meet with both the young person and Progress Coach
Should the information be too complex for an email, please email asking for a phone call to be returned!
The young person, Progress Coach and Employability Facilitator will meet at a mutually convenient time within the young person's geographical location. The Progress Coach will handover the completed Views referral form and a current Annex I of activities completed to date.
Friendly introductions will help to establish the basis of a relationship between the young person and the Learning Facilitator.
The young person and Employability Facilitator will agree a time to 'pop by' one of their activity sessions at least once per week and continue to build a relationship.
Anticipated to last four weeks, the Employability Facilitator will discreetly track employability progress and present any current appropriate opportunities.
Young people will be invited to attend a series of bespoke workshops and activities, differentiated to support them into employment. Workshops may include (but not be limited to): CV writing, application letters, mock interviews, job search, self-employment and enterprise, workplace visits, work placements.
The young person will continue to be supported with sourcing vacancies, making real job applications, preparing for and attending interviews.
It is intended that the young person will successfully progress into employment (or training) at the end of this anticipated four week stage.
Should the young person be unsuccessful in progressing into employment or formal training during stage 2, they will be invited and expected to complete a two-week Graduation Course. Delivered over two consecutive work-weeks during normal working hours, young people will be required to maintain 100% attendance and present themselves as appropriate for a work environment.
The course will include: completion of Emergency First Aid at Work and Health and Safety Essentials certificates. Further guidance/recapping on CV and letter writing, mock interviews, appropriate work dress and expected conduct. Activities will include a workplace visit, four day work placement and a team enterprise challenge. Prior to graduating, the young person will be supported in submitting three live job applications.
On completion of this course, young people will return to their Progress Coach for on-going support, or be formally exited from the programme.
It is anticipated that stage 3 will be for the young people that face the most significant challenges, where an employment outcome may be unrealistic within the timescales of the Progress programme.
(All time scales are flexible meaning they can be shortened or lengthened. They will be differentiated for the needs of each young person)
Workplace visit, work placement, apprenticeship and employability opportunities for young people will be shared within the Progress Partnership at every opportunity. Partners are invited to similarly share opportunities as they become known to them.
We work via an 'open door' environment. Progress Coaches are most welcome to attend part, or all of a workshop session to support their learner, or to observe the young person's experience.
Workshop resources can be saved to the shared Google Drive area for all Partners to access and modify for their own purposes - just ask!
Factfinding, CVs, Jobsearching and Contacting Employers
Factinding: all about the young person. Reflecting on their strengths and challenges, their reasons for wanting to work and what work they will/can/want to do;
CVs: sharing CVs that currently have, improving on existing CVs and/or writing new personal CVs;
Finding (Realistic) Opportunities: following on from the fact-finding, where to find and how to select jobs that may be sustainable and achievable;
Getting in touch with Prospective Employers: when, how and for what purpose it is appropriate and beneficial to contact a prospective Employer. Standards and expecations/standards that an Employer may have and when/how to follow up after making contact.
This workshop is designed to be delivered over a 4 hour duration of 2 x 1 3/4 hour sessions
Wednesday 24th January, Nuneaton
Monday 26th February, Stratford-upon-Avon
Job Offer Letters: Understanding, choosing to accept and accepting with specific regard to job descriptions, working and holiday hours, pay and statuatory sick pay;
Contracts of Employment: Understanding and legal implications for both the employer and the employee with specific regard to equality and diversity (including disclosing of illnesses/disabilities), health and safety (including PPE and unifrom, breaks, drink and drugs), employee handbooks, probabtionary periods;
Payslips: National Insurance, PAYE, pensions;
What To Do If: they can't get into work, they are sick, they don't like their job, they want to quit.
This workshop is designed to be delivered over a 2.5 hour duration to participants of workshop 1, with food
Tuesday 6th March, Nuneaton
To find out more about Progress, the Partnership and for all the latest news stories, updates and case studies please visit the Progress website: www.groundwork.org.uk/progressBack