Ready4Employment Kicks Off
Thu 27th October 2016
Our Ready4Employment programme kicked off recently in partnership with Jobcentre Plus with some great sessions completed with the new participants. The programme aims to improve the job prospects of local people by delivering an individualised training programme to help develop their skills, confidence and relevant experience.
Ready4Employment is aimed at those who are unemployed and aged 25 plus who face substantial barriers to gaining employment or progressing their personal development. Over the 6 week course, they attend four full days of activity every week, helping them adjust to a work timetable and developing their skills and experience.
Workshops on the course include a Skills and Strengths Audit, CV Building, Practical Application Skills, IT Skills, Communications Skills, Interview Techniques and Employer Expectations sessions. Clydesdale Bank are on board with the programme delivering financial literacy sessions including money management.
The programme operates in partnership with a range of employers who offer participants experience and valuable insights into work and training – and possibly even a longer term work placement or full-time job at the end of the programme. Partners include City Building, Tennent’s Training Academy, Elior Hospitality and Garrion Security plus various departments within Rangers FC itself, including grounds maintenance, hospitality and events, marketing, media, coaching and sports science.
Participants also have the opportunity to play football and develop coaching skills with an emphasis on team work, communication, motivation and discipline – all skills which are highly transferrable to the working environment. An SFA Level 1 coaching certificate and First Aid certificate are tangible and valuable outcomes from this aspect of the programme.
Health and wellbeing and physical activity are ongoing features of the course, as we encourage participants to take control of their lives on different levels, from their personal development and confidence to getting them back into the job market.
Ready4Employment also offers a 6 week aftercare service, allowing those who have completed the course to return one day a week for ongoing support and access to resources to help in them research job opportunities.