Who we are?

The West Of England Works project is an exciting partnership which aims to help unemployed people in the West of England find employment.
 
Led by Weston College, the partnership includes a range of voluntary and community organisations based in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset. It will support at least 1537 young people and adults into gaining employment through a community-based support programme.
 
The project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, and has received £6 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Who are we?

The West Of England Works project is an exciting partnership which aims to help unemployed and economically inactive people in the West of England find employment.

Led by Weston College, the partnership includes a range of voluntary and community organisations based in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset. It will support at least 1537 young people and adults into gaining employment through a community-based support programme. Between them our partners have specialist skills in working with those from a BME background, NEETS, carers, ex-offenders, those with disabilities or long term health issues and those with a history of substance misuse.

The project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, and has received £6 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

What we do?

West of England Works aims to support young people and adults who face multiple and complex barriers to securing sustainable employment and training across the West of England area.

We recognise that often no one organisation can suit all the needs and often complex requirements of one person, so through our partners we work together to meet the needs of people who are struggling to get into the job market or training. Together we provide a unique model of supporting people on the journey from social exclusion to participation in education, training and employment.

The project offers an individualised programme of support which will support participants to achieve their personal employment goals. This will be different for each participant but may include:

  • 1 to 1 support sessions
  • Group sessions
  • Periods of supported work experience
  • Extended voluntary placements
  • Support with applying for jobs and interview preparation
  • Continued support once a participant has started a job to help them remain in employment

The content of the 1 to 1 and Group sessions will also vary from participant to participant and by geographic area but could include:

  • Employability skills, job matching and job seeking
  • Personalised confidence building through activities such as self-esteem journals, healthy eating plans, hygiene and personal appearance, challenge and achieve activities, group social activities and community improvement projects, breathing and clear speaking exercises, self-visualisation and positive mindfulness.
  • ESOL support
  • Travel training
  • Personal budgeting and money management
  • Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Skills development in the participant’s preferred vocational area
  • Housing advice and support
  • Literacy and ICT skills development
  • Art therapy

The project will work with all individual participants to find personalised ways to remove the barriers to employment or education so that once they progress on from West of England Works they will be able to sustain their employment and convert their qualifications in to a job. In addition to direct support for the participant this could also include elements of advocacy with employers, Job Centre Plus and other agencies as well as providing support for the participant’s wider family and social network.

If you’d like more information on West of England Works, we’d love to hear from you. Our contact details can be found on our contact page.

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