Supporting independence and wellbeing, and helping communities to flourish -

Helping people into work

As a community benefit society, we’re proud to be able to support tenants and residents into training and employment.

Helping people to gain the skills, experience and confidence they need to prepare for job interviews, get back into work and start or restart their career is one of our core services and strengthens communities.

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instances of people supported into paid work.

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instances of people supported towards work - includes education, training and volunteering.

Unemployment rose as a result of the pandemic and was higher than any other time in the last 30 years - peaking at 8.6 percent nationally.

But while our work in this area became more important than ever, we had to close the doors of our UCAN centres because of the pandemic. So, we moved quickly to support more job seekers remotely with online support and by phone.

To help people back into work we increased our use of social media, embraced training programmes to upskill customers, offered career and life-coaching support, supplied interview clothes through our Working Wardrobe initiative, and we employed young adults through the Government’s Kickstart scheme. Ellie was one of first Kickstarters.

You can read Ellie’s story here: www.readtap4.online/tap4-issue-7/new-job-gives-ellie-the-kickstart-she-needed

Daniel and Kursheed are just two people we’ve supported through our Way in2Work programme in the last two years. By giving them work placements, training, one-to-one support and help with confidence building, Daniel and Kursheed are now doing jobs they love.

You can listen to their stories, and find out more about Way in2Work, here: www.readtap4.online/tap4-issue-5/help-into-work