Removing Barriers to Work Programme

Our Removing Barriers to Work programme helps young people aged 18 to 30 years old to find their own personal pathways back into paid employment through learning, volunteering and undertaking community action projects with support in the communities where they live.

Our approach is all about helping young adults we have identified to address their own individual and specific barriers to work. Participants we work with are not able to do this for themselves as many local support services have closed or are not accessible at this time. We know from years of experience of providing 1-2-1 support via volunteering, social action projects and peer mentoring programmes that what we are offering really works for young people in this age group.

As we all adapt to the constantly changing environment of “lockdown life” we are very aware of the effect the pandemic is having on people who are isolated and their communities. Our removing barriers offer provides tailor-made support to young people who may not be able to see friends or family members so this type of regular personal contact will so much difference.

Specific benefits of participating in this programme include:

A clearer understanding of the need to achieve positive physical and mental wellbeing to help gain and sustain employment; this will be achieved through 1-2-1 and small group learning depending on participant’s level of need; agreed individual actions identified in 1-2-1 sessions; and tailor made sessional support keeps individual participants motivated and in right mind set.

An individual support package for each participant will specifically assist each one to overcome their own individual barriers to finding and getting into jobs or paid contract work. This will be achieved through: informal conversations; assessment interviews; developing a support plan together with support worker and updating after each activity; 1-2-1 mentoring to address specific individual barriers; bespoke training to meet participant learning styles, including problem solving skills training which will help in all job roles, self-employment or full-time education.

A Volunteer Passport to assist volunteering awareness and employers looking for transferable skills in the workplace and in readiness for paid work. This will be achieved through interactive briefings delivered flexibility to meet individual’s availability in small groups to enable sharing experiences with others. Sessions will cover Good Practice, Workplace Health and Safety, Personal Safety, Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Customer Care, Wellbeing and sharing personal examples in each area of learning to help build up personal portfolios for interviews.

Get in touch

For full details contact: Jenny Hodson via email jenny@vanel.org.uk or telephone: 01472 315437