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No one left behind: Venture Trust supporting more people into work and training

Venture Trust’s employability team is launching a series of sessions in Glasgow to further support people get into work, training, education and volunteering.

Employability officer Chelsea Hill said this was part of the sustained support for the organisation’s participants.

“We are offering all Venture Trust participants to drop in to one of our 'Job Clubs' every Wednesday for additional support. We’re providing support and guidance with finding work as well as helping participants apply for jobs, access training, education and volunteering opportunities.

“We’ll also be offering various seminars on things like CV writing, interview techniques, disclosing convictions and more.”

Venture Trust has been leading the way on intensive personal development programmes for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

After completing one of our core programmes data shows 75% of participants have improved their employability skills and 80% have increased confidence.

We also offer a specialised employability programme for young people facing hardship and disadvantage in Scotland who have completed one of our programmes or meet the criteria for direct referral.

The Cashback Change Cycle programme has proven to be successful in providing a pathway into work, study or training.

In the first two years of the programme Venture Trust has worked across 17 Scottish local authorities and engaged 116 young people facing complex life challenges. Of the participants who completed the programme, 94% of participants have reported an increase in skills, 98% participants have achieved accredited learning and 65% of participants have moved into positive destinations including employment, education and training.

However, for some of our participants further support may be needed. This is where the Job Club will make a difference.

“These seminars are designed to target specific areas that we have identified as potential barriers that individuals are facing – from lack of a CV, ineffective job search skills, inexperience with interview techniques, to how they handle disclosing their convictions,” Chelsea said.

The Employability Team is also looking to establish Edinburgh based sessions in the near future.

If you are a current Venture Trust participant in Phase 3 of our core programmes or completed our employability programmes such as Change Cycle or Venture Together and are looking for extra support getting into work, education or training speak to your Outreach Worker or get in touch with the Employability Team at changecycleinfo@venturetrust.org.uk

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