West of England Works
West of England Works is an exciting partnership of community based organisations across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. It is led by Weston College. We use our extensive knowledge of projects, services and opportunities in the region to support people who have difficulties accessing work and training.
We are funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
How does it work?
Working closely with an Employment Mentor, you’ll co-create a personalised action plan. This way you can work towards goals which are specific to you and at a pace you’re comfortable with. You’ll work together to understand your barriers and how to address them, develop your skills and experience, and reach your goals. We know that the journey is different for everyone. Our focus is building your confidence, motivation and skill set to address your barriers and start job searching, accessing training or gaining employment. Different people need different things – we’ve worked with lots of people who have really varied dreams and goals!
What do I need to know?
Am I eligible for the project?
To be take part in the project you need:
- the right to live and work in the UK
- to not be in paid work of any kind
- to be claiming job seeking benefits for 12 months or more OR claiming health related benefits for 4 weeks or more OR claiming no benefits at all
- to not have received support from another West of England Works before
How long can I work with a mentor for?
We can offer up to six months of support. We believe it’s important to keep up momentum and motivation so you can achieve what you want in good time. Throughout your time with us, your mentor will equip you with tools, tips and resources so you feel able to continue your hard work independently when the time comes.
How often will I speak to my mentor?
You will speak to your mentor at least once a month. During Covid19, this is likely to be on the phone or a video call. However, if you and your mentor are comfortable with it, you could also meet socially distant for a walk in the park or outside at the Greenway Centre. You will also be able to email them. As restrictions are lifted, you will be able to meet safely in cafes or inside at the Greenway Centre.
What can I expect during an appointment?
In your first appointment you will chat through what’s going on for you at the moment, what you’d like to achieve and what’s holding you back. You’ll make an action plan together. Over your appointments, your mentor can link you up with services for advice, support you to apply for volunteering and jobs, talk to colleges, write CVs, do interview practice and lots more.
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