This programme is in conjunction with the projects #BehindEveryGREATMan campaign which launched earlier this year, with the key message of “doing it yourself doesn’t mean doing it alone”.
When asked what employment means to them, one participant said:
“It’s means giving my children things I can’t give them at the moment. I want them to look up to me and remember me as someone who was hard working.”
The six interactive sessions held at Charnwood Museum were designed to help participants build up employability skills to get back into work or move into training. This is complimented by one-to-one support with CV writing, cover letters and job searching.
Five participants completed the programme of workshops covering confidence, employment goals, budgeting, interview skills and managing a return to work. On the final session, participants were presented with their certificates and given a chance to look back on their progress and plan the next steps.
Feedback from the group around attending a programme with other male participants was positive. As the weeks progressed the attendees worked well together, finding it easy to talk to others in the same situation.
Tom found out about the GREAT Project when accessing his local food bank after he lost his job. He’d never heard of the project but was interested in anything that would get him back into employment. Struggling with his confidence and self-esteem, Tom found the employability programme to be a confidence builder, gaining invaluable insight and techniques. It helped Tom being in a group of people in the same position, having the opportunity to be open without the fear of judgement.
Talking about the employability programme, Tom said:
“I went through a stage in my life where I reached rock bottom and this was even before I lost my job, it knocked my confidence and it’s hard to pick yourself up from that. I struggled talking one-on-one, let alone in a group of people, it’s personally helped me massively.”
Tom is now moving on to a 3 day course, focused around confidence with the GREAT Project. Taking away what he’s learnt on the employability programme, he is making positive steps back towards employment.