Brighton based help with finding work and training or retraining

Department for Work and Pensions

Discover Yourself

Your life – Your experience – Your future

We are pleased to have delivered this training programme for JobCentre Plus customers in Brighton & Hove during 2016 and 2017.  We designed a four week course with a mixture of 1:1 coaching, workshops and inspirational talks designed particularly for customers who are further from the workplace – those who need to build their confidence and skills in order to move back into work.   Here’s our  Discover Yourself Flyer which outlines the programme which we  delivered in partnership with Fresh AmbitionStoneham Bakehouse and the Fed Centre for Independent Living.

Just a few of the many lovely things that our clients have said …

“The course was awesome.”

“I have the confidence to apply to the Enterprise Scheme for a new start.’

“Marvellous course packed with useful content. I saw people improve during the course becoming more confident in themselves. On he whole it was a special course run by two special lovely people and it has given me many happy memories to take away and relive. I honestly believe this course has changed people’s lives for the better, mind too.”

“I enjoyed the course very much and would do it again if possible.  I will also recommend the course to other people.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have found it very difficult at times to attend when I was feeling low but Deana and Debra’s support and caring manner have helped me with their understanding…Thank you so much for all your inspiration, knowledge and support.”

… and Job Centre staff …

“… what a transformation.  … has passed the first hurdle of CSCS, … is in a better place and will be working locally soon – just three examples of what you do very well so a big WELL DONE to you and your team.”

45+ – Your Experience – Your Job

During 2013 and 2014 we received funding from the DWP Flexible Fund to work with JobCentre Plus in Brighton & Hove and Hastings to provide workshops and coaching for jobseekers – see our 45+ flyer 2014. Our focus has been on making sure that mature people recognise that their combination of work skills, life skills and mature attitude will make them an excellent asset to employers. We want people to be able to use these to their advantage to get back into work quickly and we also want them to be thoroughly up to date with online job hunting and using social media like LinkedIn to advertise their skills.

The workshops and coaching have been delivered by Work & Learning’s Debra, plus Deana from our associate company Fresh Ambition and Mel who is an independent consultant. Our success rate has been measured in terms of how many clients are back in employment within 13 weeks – for our most recent delivery this is so far 52%. We’ve developed a comprehensive workbook that’s full of useful resources – here are some examples of our work:

  • Your Experience, Your Job course outline – 5 days of support that includes individual coaching and the opportunity to talk to a local employer
  • Functional CV that puts emphasis on transferable skills and is especially useful for speculative job applications
  • Targeted CV that highlights particular skills and experience so that it is tailored to fit a particular job application

Lovely feedback from the people we worked with

From the DWP:

“I am really pleased at the achievements …  28 off-flows from a cohort of customers that face more barriers than most in finding work is fantastic.”

“Overall delivery and presentation of the course was excellent … it was clear that good preparation had taken place and that presenters had good experience and knowledge.”

From customers:

“Mel and Deana are fabulous people. Very helpful and supportive… I feel very much more positive about my future.”

“Very professional – treated delegates with respect and dignity. Have learned an awful lot. Guest speaker was inspirational.”

“Both Deana and Debra are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. I have found their advice extremely helpful. They made us all feel comfortable, were understanding and enthusiastic. Course was well worth doing.”

“I found that people running the course were inspiring and I left with a more positive approach.”

“I’ve got so much from taking this course.”

“Thanks so much for sending on these links and to you and Mel for running the best course I’ve ever been on. I’ve taken away so much useful and practical information …”

“Very well structured with brilliant, invaluable modules and handouts to match. Excellent opportunity to hear other’s experiences and suggestions in a safe environment. A complete revelation. Useful workshop run by two knowledgeable and lovely facilitators.”

“Feel more confident, less fearful about finding a job …”