A new free employment programme aims to give out-of-work people in Cambridgeshire the motivation, skills and confidence they need to find their dream job.
The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) is running Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU), a service for those who are out of work and receiving state benefits. Co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund, the programme aims to provide individuals with a holistic approach to securing long-term employment.
TCHC chief executive Dale Morgan explained that each participant is assigned a Personal Adviser. He or she will identify any training needs the candidate may have and, importantly, help them increase their enthusiasm and motivation to find work.
He said: “Through this programme, we will be looking at the person as a whole, rather than just what’s on their CV. We firmly believe that a holistic approach to jobseeking is very beneficial so our advisers offer an empathetic approach to the process – taking into account the candidate’s personality as much as their job history.
“The aim is to help them tackle the job search with positivity and optimism, which has a huge part to play in finding work and securing a brighter future.”
Participants will also be helped to formulate a personal action plan, as well as given career advice, tips on how to complete application forms and how to prepare an eye-catching CV. Job specific training can also be provided in a suitable location, while advice will be given about starting up a new business – from assessing or developing a marketing plan to identifying a customer base and business planning.
Mr Morgan added: “Anyone who is aged 19 and over, is unemployed and is in receipt of state benefits is eligible to participate in this programme. It is a totally free service which could really change the life of those who take part. We hope lots of people will take advantage of it.”
For further information about the Skills Support for the Unemployed please contact TCHC on 01923 698 430 or visit www.tchc.net.