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Evolve Journey to Work

Journey to work is a great new course delivered by Disability Resource Centre and is aimed at those who require support whilst planning a return to work.

The course covers all areas of employment preparation and is designed to support you in every possible way including advice on health management, confidence-building, motivational skills and benefits advice.

The course runs for 12 weeks (1 day per week for 12 weeks).

Interested? Get in touch or pop down to the Tamworth Job Centre Plus where the job coaches can refer you to the course.

New Government Work and Health Programme

If you support people in ways that enhance their employability, you may already have been approached by companies who are planning to bid for the Government's new Work and Health Programme. However, all those wishing to deliver had to submit an Umbrella Agreement Response to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) by 9th November. DWP will then decide on the 6 providers who will be invited to tender for each of the geographic areas.

European Funding Update

As highlighted in the last bulletin, the Government is continuing to process and contract on European funding applications that are in the system, including the stage 2 applications under Building Better Opportunities (BBO). New calls for applications for unallocated funds are likely to be made in the New Year although there will be greater clarity after the publication of the Autumn Statement. Future projects will need to align with national strategic priorities.

Reed in Partnership employment support in Stoke and Staffordshire

Reed in Partnership has recently been successful in its application for European funding (European Social Fund) under the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) stream of employment support activity for Stoke and Staffordshire. From the end of November, Reed and its delivery partners will have key workers on the ground helping the unemployed and those who are inactive to find work and to stay in those jobs. Specifically the following organisations will be delivering the contract in these areas:

The Kitchen Shop Recognised for Providing Regular Work Experience Opportunities

Talent Match Staffordshire, the Lichfield based charity supporting 18-24 yr olds into work, has presented an award to The Kitchen Shop for outstanding support of the project.

The Kitchen Shop, on Market Street in Lichfield, has been involved with Talent Match for a long time and has helped by taking on ten people, so far, for work experience and training. It’s this kind of work experience which has led to more successful applications for employment and which demonstrates the kind of social value businesses can create in their communities.