Skills for Employment

Supporting Local People to Gain Skills and Employment

In November 2016, CYCD starts a new project Building Better Opportunities Support into  Employment which aims to reduce the barriers local people have to gain the skills they need to be able to gain employment. The Project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the  European Social Fund, as part of the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme in England.

We asked CYCD’s new Project Worker to tell us about the project.

What do you think are the main barriers for local women to gain skills and employment?

“The main barrier which exists for many local women is the language barrier. Many Pakistani and Bangladeshi women have limited language skills when it comes to reading, writing and speaking English and especially having the confidence to communicate well when applying for jobs, at interviews and at work.

Another barrier is managing and balancing their other commitments such as family, children, looking after the home and meals. Many people are concerned about how starting work will affect the benefits and tax credits they receive as they want to ensure that starting work will make them better off financially.”

How will this project help?

“This new project at CYCD will initially help local women to improve their English Skills; The project includes 30 hours of ESOL  classes over 12 weeks, focussed on improving English language skills, confidence to communicate better including help with job applications, interviews and communicating in English. We will support local people to develop their IT skills whether at very basic levels of computer skills or more advanced skills through to using emails and the internet.

Through regular 1-2-1 support I aim to help women improve their self-esteem, reduce the specific barriers each person faces to gaining skills and employment and by the end of the programme help local women to be confident and ready for work. I’m really excited to be able to work with women to help them achieve their goals”.

We already have 18 local women signed up and ready to start the programme in November 2016, but we will be recruiting for new participants from January 2017, so if you are interested and would like to speak to me about what we can offer please contact me.

Phone: 01582 519500 or 0780 232 1207 and ask for Nasima or

Email: nasima.khatun@cycd.org.uk

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