Understanding the skills that are developed in a range of environments, is a key employability skill. These include both hard and soft skills, as well as personal qualities. We explore where and how these are developed, in addition to skills gaps and areas for improvement.
When it comes to applying for roles, we always promote quality over quantity and this starts with documents that highlight experience, skills and potential. Ensuring these are tailored to each role applied for increases the chances of being shortlisted, we explore ways to do this using the information available.
Job searching can be a job in itself. Having a more strategic approach can help to find opportunities that others don't. We look at ways to be more active, proactive and reactive when searching for roles, which can also have benefits to other areas of life and rehabilitation.
There are many factors to take into consideration when going through career redirection and identifying a pathway to achieving this. There are also many training opportunities that can support this. We help to plan that pathway and reinforce this with a Personal Action Plan that has clear, identifiable goals.
We explore the different types of interviews (including the less common), preparation and the interview follow up. We also identify questions that may be asked and how these can be answered in a relaxed, natural manner.
For some people, volunteering can be a great way to build skills, confidence and networks. There are many other benefits to both physical and mental health, whilst it can also support career redirection. We look at the factors to consider around volunteering and help to identify the role that best suits the individual at that time.
Over 11 million people within the UK have a criminal record and at least 735,000 of these are unspent convictions. Understanding if, when and how to disclose a criminal record can be hugely beneficial to an individual. It allows them to move forward in their lives and overcome barriers that they often didn’t believe they could.
For those who are considering self-employment or setting up a limited company, there are often many things to consider and questions to ask. We discuss the pros and cons of doing so, and then explore the difference between the 2 models. There is also insight into the reality of running a business and where to go for help and support.
Maintaining motivation, making the best use of the available time and developing greater self-efficacy is a vital part of our employability support. To help achieve this, there are often tasks of varying size to complete between sessions. Many of these are complimented with a short coaching video that explains the task in greater detail and ensures the learner continues to feel supported.
From the moment they have their first session, our learners have access to a membership area of our website, where we have a wide range of resources. Resources include written handouts, skills videos and a growing selection of audio-visual materials. This is an area that we are continuing to grow and learners see the benefit of this via their lifelong access.