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National Careers Service offer of support FREE OF CHARGE to Voluntary and Community Organisations in Staffordshire

Fri 14 Jul 2017

Having recently done some very successful partnership-working to support volunteers at Disability Solutions in Stoke On Trent, National Careers Service is now inviting other Voluntary and Community Organisations throughout Staffordshire to benefit from our free services.

They are a universal service, which means that they can work with any adult (aged 19+ or 18+ if referred through Jobcentre Plus), whether or not they are currently working. They provide high quality, impartial Careers Information Advice and Guidance that ranges from simply developing or updating a CV and cover letter to such areas as skills diagnostics (including transferable skills), interview preparation, action planning next steps into volunteering or work, supporting progression at work and helping with sourcing and applying for suitable vacancies. This is an entirely individualised approach, delivered free of charge.

They are also a referral partner to key local training and support providers, and can, ourselves, offer accredited (Level 1) half-day training courses to groups, typically in such areas as food hygiene, health & safety, manual handling and emergency first aid. They meet the cost of these, as long as you can provide a venue. (This training would be available to service users, volunteers and staff.) For Disability Solutions, for example, they provided accredited Customer Service training for their volunteers, as this was what the organisation needed. 

They have National Careers Service Advisers based in locations across Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire who could come in by arrangement to your organisations or community settings either on a regular or an occasional basis, whenever you would have numbers of service users or volunteers coming in that day who you would like them to see. They conduct 1 to 1s and group work, depending on need.

All of their Advisers are qualified to at least Level 4 in Information, Advice and Guidance and all are DBS cleared. All Advisers are experienced in working with adults of all ages and with vulnerable adults, and some have a specialism in supporting people with learning impairment or other disabilities.

If this sounds of interst please contact Lesley Bovington Contract Manager - Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire National Careers Service lesley.bovington@prospects.co.uk  if you would like more information or have any questions.