The aim of the project was to support 50 economically inactive beneficiaries with “multiple barriers” across the city of Wolverhampton to address the obstacles to secure employment. In particular focussing on improving skills and addressing financial debt issues for the hardest to reach members of disadvantaged groups and neighbourhoods.
Wolverhampton Learning Platform was able to support 52 unemployed clients by successfully creating Individual Personal Development Plans which were designed to move them closer to the labour market. These included:
- Interview skills and CV writing, Customer Service, Team Working and Effective Communication workshops
- Job search workshops
- 1-2-1 personal finance support and guidance
- Accredited qualifications including Health and Safety and First Aid.
- In-house work experience placements.
As a result of the project, clients have entered full time employment, secured voluntary placements or gone onto further education.
The feedback from our clients has been extremely positive, below are just some of the comments received:
“The course gave me the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge and build a strong CV”
“My overall confidence and communication skills have also improved through attending the Customer Service and Team Building workshops”
“The course has helped me to take the next steps towards becoming self-employed”
The Back On Track project has provided a wide variety of employment related opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds and abilities. A bespoke learning and development path has been designed for each client dependant on their support needs which has enhanced their aspirations, skills and employability.
Back On Track has helped provide employment opportunities and work placements for disadvantaged unemployed adults, contributing to the vision of enabling them to realise their full potential and to have an equal opportunity to compete in the workplace. It is very pleasing that set targets have not only been achieved but exceeded, which highlights the receptiveness to the project as a whole from the local community.