BETTER TOGETHER

We will help disabled teenagers and young adults to develop the necessary skills to find a job they will love

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be aged 15-25
  • Diagnosis of one of the following:
    • SEND (Special educational needs and Disabilities)
    • ASD (Autistic spectrum disorder)
    • Learning difficulties
    • or have an EHCP (Education health and care plan)
  • Must live in North East Somerset, Bristol and surrounding areas, Bath and surrounding areas or South Gloucestershire
  • Must have access to a computer or tablet and the internet
  • You must be available between the following dates:
    • GROUP 1: 17th October to 25th November
    • or GROUP 2: 15th November to 9th December
 
 

For more information regarding the time table please click the button below

Overview:

We are all getting used to creating a “new normal” and what better way to start this journey than to take part in our FREE Employability Skills Training Programme.

The aim of the training is to improve the employability skills of young people who have a disability while being fun and enjoyable.

There will be ten online sessions via Microsoft Teams and five online Writing for Wellbeing sessions via Zoom.

Learners will benefit from one-to-one employment and transition support through virtual meetings.

The training will take place from October to December and once all sessions have been completed, we will support every learner for up to three months into employment, training, volunteering or further education.

 

Session One

What to expect from the training
  • How to use communication platforms such as Teams and Zoom
  • How to build a learner profile, learner employment and accessing information
  • Career planning
  • SMART Targets
  • How to get out of your comfort zone

Session Two

British values, Digital media and Propaganda
  • Learning about democracy, individual liberty, rule of law and respect and tolerance
  • Learning about politics
  • Learning about digital media and propaganda
  • Prevention of radicalisation
  • Online Stereotypes

Session Three

Social media and staying safe online
  • Learning about social media and privacy settings
  • Improving your digital networking skills
  • Learning and identifying fraud, scams and identity theft
  • Learning about online reputations and its impact on employment
  • Digital footprints

Session Four

Assessing my Skills for work
  • Identifying your own skills
  • Learning key digital skills
  • What skills you need to develop
  • Planning your personal development
  • How to use positive language
  • Learning about digital transferable skills

Session Five

CV and transferable skills
  • CVs Do’s and Don’ts
  • How to write a successful CV and cover letter
  • Learning about LinkedIn
  • Transferable skills
  • Learn how to use an online interactive CV builder
  • Five reasons to share your skills online

Session Six

Communication and relationships in the workplace
  • Body language
  • Verbal and nonverbal language
  • Learning about communication and digital skills used for the work place
  • Identifying workplace values and behaviours
  • Learning the importance of good communication

Session Seven

Communication, interview skills and reasonable adjustments
  • Interview Preparation
  • What makes a successful interview
  • A guide to virtual interviews
  • Appropriate clothing, behaviour and etiquette
  • Time keeping and travel
  • Preparing for an interview planner
  • Learning about online interview tools and reasonable adjustments

Session Eight

Preparing for Work
  • Learning about what jobs are out there
  • Learning about what things you need to consider for example Time Keeping and travel
  • Jobs suitability toolkit
  • Job applications and job specification break down
  • Job searching websites
  • Online hidden jobs market
  • Rights and responsibilities of an employer
  • Social media empowerment

Session Nine

Money Management
  • Learning about you and your money
  • Understanding wages, Tax and National Insurance
  • Understanding the different functions of a bank and different types of accounts
  • Online banking
  • Learning about financial survival skills such as understanding and managing debt
  • Managing money and budgeting
  • Learning about financial independence, such as paying rent, bills and other expenses
  • Credit rating
  • Learning about loan sharks and credit unions

Session Ten

Wellbeing, mental health and confidence
  • Digital wellbeing toolkits
  • Transition into employment plans
  • Managing a work life balance
  • Self confidence and assertiveness
  • Life hacks
  • Healthy eating
  • Mental health and motivation

What have previous learners achieved?

Monitored after the 10-week Digital Skills Programme, our learners gained new skills and the confidence to enter employment. 

33%

Learners who found employment (within 3 months of course completion)

53%

Learners gained employment or secured an interview (within 3 months)

60%

Learners who went into further education, work, or secured an interview (within 3 months)

100%

Learners who want to find employment (upon completion of course)

If you are interested in securing a spot on our training programme or would like some more information then please contact Izzi Wootton,  Employability Manager on the details below:

T: 01782 433707

E: izzi.wootton@caudwellchildren.com

The “Better Together: Employability Skills and Writing for Wellbeing Training Programme” is funded and managed by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, and delivered by Caudwell Children

Writing for Wellbeing Course:

Creative Writing improves mood, reduces stress and help learners to manage their thoughts. This short course is an opportunity to show off your creative side, experiment with a range of writing approaches, focus on wellbeing, and teaches ways to unwind.

Session Four

Assessing my Skills for work
  • Identifying your own skills
  • Learning key digital skills
  • What skills you need to develop
  • Planning your personal development
  • How to use positive language
  • Learning about digital transferable skills

Session Five

CV and transferable skills
  • CVs Do’s and Don’ts
  • How to write a successful CV and cover letter
  • Learning about LinkedIn
  • Transferable skills
  • Learn how to use an online interactive CV builder
  • Five reasons to share your skills online

Session Six

Communication and relationships in the workplace
  • Body language
  • Verbal and nonverbal language
  • Learning about communication and digital skills used for the work place
  • Identifying workplace values and behaviours
  • Learning the importance of good communication

Session Seven

Communication, interview skills and reasonable adjustments
  • Interview Preparation
  • What makes a successful interview
  • A guide to virtual interviews
  • Appropriate clothing, behaviour and etiquette
  • Time keeping and travel
  • Preparing for an interview planner
  • Learning about online interview tools and reasonable adjustments

Session Eight

Preparing for Work
  • Learning about what jobs are out there
  • Learning about what things you need to consider for example Time Keeping and travel
  • Jobs suitability toolkit
  • Job applications and job specification break down
  • Job searching websites
  • Online hidden jobs market
  • Rights and responsibilities of an employer
  • Social media empowerment

Session Nine

Money Management
  • Learning about you and your money
  • Understanding wages, Tax and National Insurance
  • Understanding the different functions of a bank and different types of accounts
  • Online banking
  • Learning about financial survival skills such as understanding and managing debt
  • Managing money and budgeting
  • Learning about financial independence, such as paying rent, bills and other expenses
  • Credit rating
  • Learning about loan sharks and credit unions

Session Ten

Wellbeing, mental health and confidence
  • Digital wellbeing toolkits
  • Transition into employment plans
  • Managing a work life balance
  • Self confidence and assertiveness
  • Life hacks
  • Healthy eating
  • Mental health and motivation

Programme feedback from previous learners

It's a great opportunity to learn new skills and learn about new career paths you could pursue. It really gives you that insight into the digital world of work and open up new doors for you.

Lucie

A good opportunity to learn new and expand skills, I enjoyed it was very good for my confidence, so it could be good for you.


Cameron

Give it a try. It's good to learn new things, it's more than just digital skills.



Lucy

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If you have any further questions, please contact izzi.wootton@caudwellchildren.com