West of England Works
This project receives financial support from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Due to Covid-19 government restrictions and guidelines, our support is currently being offered by phone, email and other virtual measures. If you would prefer to meet in person, we can put you on a waiting list to be contacted when restrictions are eased.
How we can help
If you have been unemployed for a while, this project can help you breakdown your barriers and help you to find employment, education or training, or develop job search skills.
Our dedicated Employment and Skills Development Coaches will work with you one-to-one to come up with an action plan that suits your needs and support you to overcome any issues that are preventing you from employment or training.
We have helped over 200 people since the project launched in January 2017.
The project is led by Weston College and is a collaboration of locally based voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working across the West of England.
Check if you are eligible:
- Not in paid work
- Aged 15+
- Live in South Gloucestershire
- Have the legal right to work in the UK
Everything on this list must apply to you.
About your income:
- Financially supported by parents, partner or savings
- Claiming Universal Credit for more than 12 months with no breaks
- Claiming Universal Credit for less than 12 months but you have no work commitments
- Claiming other benefits which mean you don't currently need to look for work- this could be PIP/ ESA/ JSA etc.
At least one of these options must apply to you- if your income differs from any of these please get in touch to discuss more.
About your barriers:
- Poor mental health or other wellbeing concerns or conditions
- Medical conditions
- Lack of qualifications or skills
- Offender and ex-offenders
- Substance misuse
- Parental or carer responsibilities
- Lack of transport
- Single parent or family issues
- Physical health or disabilities
- Domestic abuse victims
- Financial issues and debt
- Learning disabilities
- Homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in temporary accomodation
- Long term unemployed
- Social isolation
- Over 50 years old
Although this is not a full list of possible barriers, you must face more than 2. If your barrier is not on this list, please get in touch to discuss more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to participate in the project?
There is no cost to be involved in this project and the support is completely free.
How long can I stay on the project?
We will work with the participant for as long as needed to enter into employment, education or training subject to funding.
Will taking part affect my benefits?
Your benefits should not be affected but you may need to keep the jobcentre updated on your involvement with the project. We work closely with the local Job Centres so they should be aware of the project. We can provide a letter to your Work Coach to confirm that you have started on the project.
How can I find out more?
To talk to someone today about how this project may help you;
contact our Employment, Skills & Development Manager, Chelsea. You can email email@example.com or call 07773048811