Education & Employment Support

Together we achieve more

Building Better Opportunities is a national programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund that provides individual support to help people into education, training or employment.

This exciting project is made up of a network of 24 Lincolnshire based partners working across 3 programmes;

  • MOVE
  • Engagement into Learning
  • Steps Forward.

These partners are all working together to help people move forward with their goals. The programme is completely free for eligible participants.

The projects offer a range of personalised support including;

  • 1-2-1 individual support, offering participants an advisor who will be there to help identify what they would like to do & how to do it
  • Job Clubs and help with job searches, including CV writing, application form help and practice interviews
  • Transferable and practical skills development
  • Ongoing support, even after the participant starts work, volunteering or training
  • Financial help to allow participants access to the programmes and to help with work set up costs such as for interview clothes, or tools required for an employment placement
  • Access to ‘My Work Search’, an online employment skills, training and job search programme

 

Participants who have benefited from the project so far include stay-at-home parents ready to return to work, victims of redundancy, participants with low self-esteem who have not had work opportunities since leaving education - and many more!

Here’s what a few of them have had to say:

 "When I started to attend the Job Club I thought I was totally wasting my time but I had nothing to lose as my life was deep in the doldrums.  It was not long before my thoughts began to change, as I began to meet some good people and discovered that in many ways they were in similar positions to me.  

 I soon began to make new friends and feel more confident about myself realising I was not such a bad person.  I can really say it has improved my life no end, it has taken my life from strength to strength, each week making me feel so much better; I always looked forward to Wednesdays coming round.

 Even through the mayhem of the COVID 19 pandemic, thanks to the Job Club, I managed to hold on to my sanity.  For the first time in a long time I began to feel I had a good reason to look towards a brighter future.  Now, even though the Job Club cannot operate as usual, we have stuck together as a team and formed our own Breakfast Club, meeting each week outdoors where we are able to keep a safe distance from each other but still being supported by Bronya." – RA, 2020

 “This project has been much more than what I expected.  The support that I have been given over the past few months has been a lifeline in a time when I was struggling.  Weekly phone calls have given me the opportunity to see things more clearly and to talk about issues I was struggling with.  I didn’t expect to be given such a wide range of support and I am extremely grateful.  I have been signposted to various services, not just relating to being self-employed and it has been invaluable having someone to just listen to me when I have needed it.” – HL, 2020

“Job Club has definitely built my confidence.  It has helped me to learn about things I can do.  It has increased my social circle – the Training Officer and the Job Club participants are my friends now.  Being with people with the same problem has really helped.  It gave me the idea to volunteer and have the confidence to apply to Cancer Research.” – T, 2020

 

Further Information

Not only does the Building Better Opportunities project provide a bespoke job & education support service to each individual who engages, but has also offered a wide variety of activities which participants have been able to access, leading to an enriched life experience. Examples include:

  • Breakfast clubs
  • Creative writing groups
  • Day trips to explore a variety of Lincolnshire’s hidden gems
  • Participation in arts projects
  • Development and recording of radio shows
  • Floristry practice
  • Gardening & allotment groups

Eligibility

If you have the right to work in the UK, are unemployed and not in education or training, join the 400+ participants in Lincolnshire who are benefitting from this fabulous project.

If you are interested in being involved or if you work with people who could benefit, please

contact us