‘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.”