EU Funding Collaboration Directory - Barton Acorn Youth and Community Centre
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Our project aims to help those members of our community furthest from the labour market to acquire the skills, aptitudes and experience they need to obtain sustainable employment through the undertaking of personal and skill development ‘training’ and community work placement projects. We will undertake three kinds of activities; engagement, developing skills abilities and in work support. Engagement – we will engage participants through a variety of engagement activities including, one-to-one engagement with young people at the point where they are making important ‘career/education’ decisions through our partnership working with schools and our sports and youth club activities. We will engage older members of the community through regular open days, through promotional campaigns in the media, through the creation of dedicated ‘me in my community’ pages as part of our web site, through community celebration events and through the putting in place of referral protocols with job centre plus advisers, Local GPs, adult social care services, the Windmill and Medway Community Centres, Heles Angels and other local community groups, including, for example, church groups, mums and toddlers, Play Torbay and the Torbay Community Development Trust. Developing skills and abilities – once engaged, each participant will complete a specially designed needs assessment with the support of a competent information, advice and guidance worker. The needs assessment will lead to the preparation of a personalised ‘skills and development plan’ for each individual. This will then lead to three kinds of ‘journey to work activities’ where each individual is supported by a dedicated support worker managing a case load. Firstly, by putting in place joint working arrangements with other agencies and groups and providing one to one support to participants, the support worker will ensure each individual accesses external support where necessary (e.g. financial advice, childcare) intended to remove ‘out of my control’ barriers to work; secondly we will ‘enrol’ participants on our ‘My Time, My Chance’ personal and skill development programme, enabling them to develop the skills and abilities identified as necessary for them through their needs assessment. Participants will be supported in completing a number of learning and development modules designed to help them understand what they need to do to be able to get rewarding and sustained work and then develop the skills and behaviours that will enable them to do this. Participants will be able to complete any of 42 modules including, for example, “what skills do I need?”, “positive personal presentation”, “self-confidence”; “the career journey”; “finding employment”; “my online reputation”; “effective use of social media” and “the budget game”. Modules vary in length from 40 minutes to 4.5 hours and are completed at a pace set by the individual ‘learner’. Individuals pick which modules to undertake enabling them to develop the full set of skills they need to improve their employment prospects. Finally, participants will be given the opportunity of completing a ‘sheltered work placement’ with a local community group or project enabling them to become ‘work ready’. Our workers will help establish these opportunities with other groups and support participants on a one to one basis in completing their work placements. In work support – we will establish an employer’s support group with which we will work to ensure that our participants have opportunities to find and stay in a job. We will do this by ensuring we understand the needs of each employer and by supporting employers who provide opportunities for our participants. We will also provide one-to-one support to participants taking up an employment post for up to six months to ensure that their transition to work leads to them being able to stay in work.
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