In August 2018 Wolverhampton Learning Platform CIC has launched a new and exciting FISCAL project (August 2019- January 2020), funded by the Black Country ESF Community Grant.

The aim of the project is to support 30 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.

FISCAL works to empower beneficiaries to improve their financial education, money management, budgeting skills and financial confidence through workshops and one-to-one support.  Sessions include how to be ‘better off in work or self-employment’.   The project assist beneficiaries to gain skills and look for work.

The project runs 5 separate programmes with each of the 5 partners delivering one programme each in their identified location.

Beneficiaries will learn financial management skills including and how to be less reliant on benefits.  They will discover ways to shop on a budget, food preparation on a budget and ways in which they can reduce spending.  Each beneficiary will introduced to the Money Advice Service website to make them aware of the MAS budget calculators and to understand the benefits of earning income through employment.

During the previous Black Country Community Grant project “Back-on-Track” project Wolverhampton Learning Platform was able to support 52 unemployed clients providing a wide variety of employment related opportunities for people from a range of backgrounds and abilities. 

To find more about the FISCAL project contact Jim Brennan on 01902 572398 or by email info@wolverhamptonlearningplatform.org.uk.