“Thank you to all involved in the FISCAL project, it gave me the confidence to apply for work and after a lot of trying I have now found the job I was looking for”

Barbara Davidson

After an intense but rewarding 6 months, our FISCAL project has now come to an end. Launched in August 2019 by Wolverhampton Learning Platform CIC and funded by The Black Country ESF Community Grant, its aim was to support 30 economically inactive beneficiaries with a variety of barriers to improve their skills, address and overcome their barriers, to secure employment or process into further education.

The project was carried out by the five partner organisations of the WLP, it focused on financial education, money management, better off in work calculations, confidence building, goal setting and targeted job search.

The beneficiaries involved have shown marked improvements in their personal confidence and skill levels, this has led onto employment for some (Royal Mail, Community Care Roles, Office Admin,), volunteering for others (at Access2Business, Bridging The Gap, Kitchen Volunteer) and further education/training for many.

“The course has been everything & more and I will miss the group”

Magdelena Siwak

Success can be measured in many ways, qualifications, employment, are of course important, however the softer outcomes such as confidence building, teamwork, goal setting can make a difference in people’s lives. Building their self-esteem and self-belief, can go a long way to help find the employment they are looking for.

The Fiscal project helped in these areas as it was able to devote more time to support clients as a group or on 1-2-1 basis, in addition, the group developed a strong supportive bond and helped each other where needed.

During this program, 30 beneficiaries have been supported, with at least seven of these going into paid employment, another 17 have progressed into further education or training to continue their journey towards employment.

Josie Kelly, WLP, said “FISCAL is our second Black Country Community Grants project, with the first being delivered in 2017-2018 supporting 52 unemployed clients to create Individual Personal Development Plans. We are delighted to be able to work again with the Walsall Council to support the most hard to reach groups moving them closer to employment and financial inclusion. The feedback was fantastic on the programme and we are proud of what we managed to achieve”.