Increase the opportunities for clients securing employment when they move-on from the hostel
Over 97% of those entering the hostel are not employed. Getting clients on the path to finding a job is an important part of them having structure, focus and a sense of purpose. We do great work with clients in building their independent living skills, important in everyday life as well as in progressing into education, training or employment. These include social interaction, self-esteem and self-confidence.
We currently signpost courses run by the job centre and local college. However, some clients lack the basic skills and motivation needed to take up these opportunities. In addition to our work on "soft" skills, we will provide in-house training in basic literacy, numeracy and IT. To help clients develop focus and a sense of direction, we will work with local businesses and the public sector to provide a client mentoring scheme. Finally, we will take measures to increase client participation in volunteering including looking at starting a social enterprise project and incentivising clients to undertake voluntary work.