Building Better Opportunities (BBO)

Supporting Local People to Gain Skills and Employment

We are involved in delivering the Building Better Opportunities programme, part funded by the European Social Fund.

The Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project has received  funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation.
Project Aim: In line with the SEMLEP European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategy, this project will tackle worklessness to raise the aspirations of people and communities, and support participants to overcome barriers, increase in confidence and move into, or nearer to, paid employment.
Our Objectives: As part of the BBO project CYCD will provide support for women from BME communities across the Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis area of Central Bedfordshire. Women from BME communities are amongst the most disadvantaged people, often with multiple and complex needs, and require support to move into employment.  Many of these women have poor English Skills and have no record of employment so lack the skills and confidence employers look for.
To find out more or to register on the programme please contact Sheikh Moheeuddin or Nasima Khatun on 01582 519500 or email: s.moheeuddin@cycd.org.uk  Or simply drop in for a chat Monday to Friday 9.00am – 2.00pm.
 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 include 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”.
Phone: 01582 519500 and ask for Tipu and/or Nasima
Email: nasima.khatun@cycd.org.uk