Compass Support has launched a free seven-week course starting in February to improve job prospects for Falcon Lodge residents who are currently unemployed or looking for a job.
The organisers are inviting any unemployed person, especially those in Falcon Lodge, who is looking for work and would like help to apply by calling Rob Harris, Employability Advisor at Compass Support on 07841 067662.
The course follows on from the successful training that has already taken place both in person and since the lockdown online. Now due to Lockdown 3.0, the training is taking place fully online, and is open to more people with mobility issues.
The Compass Support Employability & Wellbeing team will be delivering the training, which includes CV and job application support and life coaching. The timetable (see below) is packed with a combination of preparing for employment training and wellbeing sessions from Compass Support team members and guest speakers. There are also one to one sessions for participants and a weekly action plan so that each trainee gets the most out of the course.
Former trainees have used the skills gained during the course to secure voluntary work with the likes of Upcycle and the Environmental Trust, often going on to secure paid employment.
Interested participants can also work towards qualifications in food hygiene, first aid and computer training to improve their job prospects or route to voluntary work. A young lady who attended the last course, for example, gained her first aid and hygiene qualifications to help her to secure work in childcare.
People taking part in the course get to know each other and offer mutual support by connecting through the Get Healthy Get Working Whatsapp group, with many going on to form lasting friendships.
As well as training, the Compass Support team is providing tablet loan scheme to access course work online, apply for jobs and learn new digital skills. As part of the course, trainees also have access to Zoom and Facebook Live fitness and wellbeing sessions, from yoga to circuit training. An especially popular session is learning to cook with Rob Harris, with delicious dishes such as vegetable curry, leek and potato soup, bean and pasta stew on the menu. After the sessions, the ingredients are delivered to the participants to cook themselves.
Rob Harris, Employability Advisor at Compass Support, said:
We used to run a job club at Falcon Lodge so we recognise that there is a need to help residents to improve their chances to find employment.
Sadly, the coronavirus has left many more unemployed in our area and we are working tirelessly to ensure that we can help as many people into employment as possible. If this new course helps just a handful of residents to get a job, we have done our job.
Project funding was secured through The Henry Smith Charity, founded in 1628, as part of its Improving Lives funding stream.
For more information, call the Education & Employment team on 07841 067662.