FOLLOWING the COVID-19 outbreak, Burton Albion Community Trust’s (BACT) BBO Evolve staff are continuing to provide their services to the local community, continuing to abide by Government guidelines, and delivering employability and wellbeing support.

Wellbeing and Employability support can be accessed via telephone support calls, which includes access to FREE online training opportunities for people that are currently unemployed. Assistance with curriculum vitae (CV) writing and job searching activities can also be accessed with support from BACT’s social media channels.

The Building Better Opportunities programme is designed to help 16+ individuals, who are furthest away from employment, moving them closer to training opportunities or work. Confidence building and increasing social engagement is also targeted through 1-2-1 meetings prior to employability support and creating a realistic time frame for progress. To help lead individuals closer to the current labour market, staff are available to enhance IT skills with daily jobs searches and updates of new vacancies, on-line activities, spelling and grammar support with CV templates or completing on-line applications. Developing interview techniques and receiving feedback from employers also take place.

The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF). It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.  It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes 5 Section nine: Publicity (v5.0 – 12 December 2016).  Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. The project £10.5 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

BACT Staff are continuing to encourage participants to keep safe and active, whilst staying in contact and supporting job seekers to maintain their commitments assigned through the JCP (what does this stand for?).

The BBO team are also working with all other scopes of work across BACT to offer participants a whole range of support at this difficult and challenging time.

One-to-one telephone calls are available every Monday from 1pm-4pm and on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10am- 2pm.

If you would like further support through BBO Evolve or interested within booking an appointment, please email dan.brooks@burtonalbionct.org