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Hi Tricia ... that sounds really interesting - hope it goes well for you! Where are you based?
Fordyce, my colleague and I work as adult literacies workers in the
Cambuslang and Rutherglen area and one aspect of our work which we're
keen to develop is to ensure that people who are looking for work get
all the support they need. We're both term-time, so one of our tutors
ran a summer programme based around CV building, interview techniques,
filling in forms, etc which was really well received and we're
definitely hoping to run that again. We've met with staff in our local
JobCentres before at their staff meetings and whilst we get referrals
for clients who need support, we know that there must be a huge amount
of unmet need out there - and it's just finding the best way to tap into
that and reach the people who need help.
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if
you need anything - Greta and I would be happy to share resources with
you or better still, have a chat about awareness raising to get people
to come along to groups!
Thanks foryour message, it does sound as if there is some overlap in terms of the work weare doing or hoping to do within the Job Centres - especially the summerprogramme you mentioned. I am one of the Development Workers within theAdult Literacies team in Inverclyde. At present we facilitate 1.5hour Employability Workshops within JCP premises in Greenock and PortGlasgow which are ran in partnership with our Adult Learning Team, FutureSkills and the JCP with a JCP Job Coach involved in the delivery of theworkshops.
Theseworkshops are discussion based inviting participants to feedback on their jobseeking experiences, employability skills, ask questions etc. We have a couple of activities we ask them tocomplete which focus on the importance of a robust personal profile and an upto date ‘live’ CV. These activitiesusually generate discussion and participants learn some hints and tips fromeach other. Participants are theninvited to attend an hour long practical session the following week to look atstarting to draft a CV, set up a UJM account etc. For us, the main aim of the workshops is toidentify any participants who require literacy support who we can refer intoour local literacy provision for support or signpost participants to attend ourlocal Work Clubs for more regular job search support.
FutureSkills are also involved in the partnership to raise awareness re theintroduction of Universal Credit and the support they can provide - budgetingand digital support.
We have alsoinput at JCP team meetings to raise awareness of our services and the supporton offer.
A discussion with you and Greta about resources and awareness raising would be really useful. You can e-mail me on font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">email@example.com or 07552 210672