Increasing social mobility by helping people into employment
Our Fresh Start programme provides skills support for the unemployed is aimed at improving social mobility by moving people into employment. Our areas of delivery cover Dorset, Leicestershire, the South East, including Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Kent, Medway and East Sussex, and the 'Coast to Capital' area which includes Croydon, East Surrey, mid Sussex and West Sussex. The programme involves bespoke support and vocational training, complemented by Work Experience and Work for residents aged 16+ who seek to return to work.
Activities will support residents to overcome the barriers they may face when moving into work (including self-employment). We aim to help candidates into a range of positive outcomes, including employment, education, apprenticeships or traineeships.
The programme will focus on supporting participants into employment opportunities within the following regional strength and growth sectors:
- Advanced Engineering
- Creative, Digital and IT
- Environmental Technologies and Environmental Goods and Services
- Financial and Business Services
- Tourism (Notably South Downs National Park, Coast and Brighton)
- Food manufacture and horticulture
This programme will be delivered through our sub-contractor Best Training
Referral and initial information and guidance session - Your referral may come from mental health services, Job Centre Plus and community support services. The initial session will ensure you receive impartial information, advice and guidance towards supporting your aspirations.
Learner Induction - You will take part in an initial assessment so we can understand your needs before you receive an individual learning plan setting out the learning requirements, the expected duration of learning and any additional support needed. These additional support needs will include the allocation of a mentor to assist them throughout their journey.
Start your learning - In the majority of instances, your learning will be provided in an individual or group setting, either within a Best Training learning environment or at a recognised community venue. Specialists will be assigned to deliver learning to make sure you are getting exactly what you need. You will take part in monthly learning reviews and will be encouraged to participate in learning surveys and/or forums to identify areas of improvement.
Health and wellbeing support - Your support will focus on addressing factors in your life which may contribute to finding it difficult to find work, and is aimed at helping you improve in a number of aspects including Personal problems, self-management, communication skills, motivation, self-esteem and more.
Job Planning and Career Advice - Preparation incorporates ongoing support and advice provided by each mentor and subject specialist. Ways we support you:
- In work/benefit calculations, including HMRC Advice
- Advice regarding disclosure of offences
- CV writing and support
- Using Social Media to apply for work
- Interview preparation
- Support to attend appointments
Work experience and vocational tasters -You will take part in work experience opportunities lasting between two and four weeks, or vocational tasters lasting between two and five days.
Work experience can take place across a variety of industries including:
- Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
- Creative & Digital
- Financial Services
- Rural Productivity
- Tourism & Leisure
Progression - After you've finished your work experience or vocational taster you will receive further advice and guidance support with your mentor Mentor. This appointment will confirm progress into an apprenticeship, further learning or employment and encourage the continuation of lifelong learning
Coast to Capital (Croydon, East Surrey, mid-Sussex and West Sussex) - Whitehead Ross, Prevista & London Learning Consortium
Contact Amanda Brade to find out more
Dorset - Best Training
Contact Samantha Stevens to find out more
Leicester and Leicestershire - Workpays and Derby Business College
Contact Deep Khanna to find out more
South-East England (Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Kent, Medway and East Sussex)
Contact Colin Brown to find out more