Community Action Derby is part of a partnership offering a new range of support activities across the region for unemployed residents, especially those facing personal or economic barriers to finding a job.
Called Way2Work, the three-year project, part-funded by the European Social Fund, supports unemployed people who face multiple barriers to work. The project specifically helps people without basic maths and language skills, single adult families, people from BAME communities, the over 50s, and people with disabilities or health conditions which have a long-term and significant impact on their daily lives.
The Way2Work partnership is led by Nottingham City Council and brings together upper tier local authorities in Nottingham and Derby, as well as community organisations and training providers. It provides an integrated network of employment support which will help to meet the recruitment needs of local employers.
As part of the project Community Action Derby is offering a one-to-one service aiming to build confidence and help people move forward. This could be looking at an individuals’ strengths and identifying transferable skills and over time look at job searches using the skills identified. IT support is available and can result in a qualification. We will be looking at creating a CV, completing application forms and coaching with interview skills if appropriate. We can also support people on the programme to find voluntary work experience - a great way to enhance any CV - and as the benefits of volunteering are in themselves good for self-esteem, would encourage them to engage in this for themselves.
Underpinning all of this is the person’s well-being. Way2Work is a long-term programme giving people the opportunity to engage with others and build friendships with like-minded people. Peer support is very important and can improve self-confidence. If the programme doesn’t result in paid employment this is not seen negatively - it is more important that people gain support and feel able to look towards employment.
Way2Work provides job seekers and inactive residents with access to training which is specific to their individual needs to increase their current employment prospects. A broad range of support is on offer including work preparation and job application advice plus information about self-employment, work experience opportunities and apprenticeships, basic skills, digital skills and functional English to support eligible non-English speakers.
Way2Work also offers life-skills support including financial advice and financial support for travel and childcare, route and travel planning alongside financial support for bus passes to help individuals sustain their job or training placement once it starts.
More information can be found on the Way2Work webpage.
For one-to-one advice and a friendly chat to help support you in your journey into employment email Nina Powe or call 07931 554947.