Access Dorset has just been awarded the funding from the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to proceed with it’s SkillWorks project.
What is SkillWorks?
Our SkillWorks project will provide accredited training to unemployed disabled people and people with long term health conditions, supporting them on their path to employability. The training courses will include units focused on SMART Goal Setting, Interview Practice, CV Preparation and Team Working and will improve confidence, self-management skills and communication skills. Learners who complete the course will achieve an OFQUAL Level One Award in Employability Skills accredited by AptEd with whom we are already an accredited training provider.
Building on J2E
SkillWorks will build upon our Journey to Employment: Social Job Club, an early intervention project funded by the Department for Work & Pensions to support new claimants of Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) to gain the confidence, self-esteem and motivation to plan a structured return to work. SkillWorks will provide an opportunity for graduates of the Journey to Employment Job Club to gain an accredited qualification to further enhance employability as well as being open to disabled people who do not meet the eligibility criteria employed by JobCentrePlus to qualify for Journey to Employment.
Peer support will be a key factor in building an ethos of teamwork and we expect all participants to achieve the qualification and realise increased confidence and motivation.