‘Working Matters Progress’ to Change Lives
People with experience of the justice system face a particularly challenging time in their search for employment – something that the Working Matters Progress initiative has aimed to focus on in 2019/20 by providing a client centered approach through a range of holistic support, group work, 1:1 interventions, vocational and accredited training, to help clients of Routes To Work move closer to their goal of sustainable employment.
Despite the project being curtailed due to the impact of Covid-19, Routes To Work succeeded in engaging with 65 registered clients over a period of seven months with a number of support packages which included CV advice, skills and training, job matching, disclosure letters, interview preparation and guidance/advice.
After some training intervention, 18 clients received vocational awards ranging from IOSH, Forklift Counterbalance Training, Power Pallet Truck, Conflict Management & First Aid, CSCS, Train the Trainer, First Aid in Mental Health, Driver Class 2 and Flower Therapy.
In addition, we helped support nine clients into employment and positively changing their outlook and futures as a result.
Rebecca and Sharon, both single parents, faced an uphill struggle in managing their households and children, while each contended with a previous criminal conviction that they felt was a barrier to their progress.
Routes To Work Case Worker Julie-Anne Murphy sensed a real lack of self-esteem in each of them, but after proposing a few sessions of Flower Therapy with a larger group, they soon built up the confidence and positive frame of mind needed to explore the world of work.
Rebecca has since been awaiting news on an apprenticship, while Sharon has applied for volunteering work to support her transition into paid employment.
Sharon said: “I had great help and support from my Routes To Work coach in lots of areas that I needed it including overall improvements in my experience, knowledge and confidence in every aspect of employability, searching for work and education.
I couldn’t be any more grateful for the opportunities I’ve had since engaging with Routes To Work, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who seeks help in gaining greater employability skills and getting into work.”
“I had great help and support from my Routes To Work Case Worker in lots of areas that I needed it including overall improvements in my experience, knowledge and confidence in every aspect of employability, searching for work and education.”
Opening new doors in challenging circumstances
The over-50s face many challenges when seeking work. Many are often in work for up to 30 years before finding themselves without a CV and uncertainty around how they go about finding new employment. Others believe that their age is their main barrier and have lost confidence in getting back into employment.
Over the past year, Routes To Work has worked closely with more than 70 over-50s in just nine months – this has included evaluating their skillset’s, ensuring training was up to date, and helping with their job search. Since then, we have supported 27 clients to successfully find work and change their lives.
One such client was David Walker, who came to us wishing to get back into a tradesman’s role. Routes To Work supported David to complete several training modules to increase his skillset and confidence, as well as funding his toolkit recalibration, and he quickly secured a job – a very happy client.
The BME community has also benefited significantly from Routes To Work’s expansion into more client specialisms. Of 49 BME clients who engaged with us since July 2019, 100% completed an action plan with a fresh CV; 50% took part in focused training; and 25% have since found work for which three-quarters have sustained employment for over 6 months.
completed an action plan with a fresh CV
took part in focused training
have since found work for which three-quarters have sustained employment for over 6 months
Sobya’s story is typical of a BME client from North Lanarkshire’s Muslim community. Sobya described her new job situation as “too blessed” after only a few days in the role.