The Active Employability session uses sport and social activities to engage with unemployed individuals, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF).
Every Tuesday (1pm-3pm) the sessions take place at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre. The aim of the group is to better participants health, social skills and guide individuals towards a more active lifestyle. BACT staff use the power of sport and social activities to help engage with people that are currently the furthest away from the job market or in long term unemployment.
For the first part of the session, individuals aged 16 and above are given the needed support to enhance their CV writing, job search techniques, grammar and any other IT enquires, whilst receiving encouragement on building a more positive daily routine in their home lives. The second hour enables fitness levels, advice with nutrition and general confidence through sport or social group activities.
Dan Brooks, Employability Coordinator, said:
“Our group employability sessions allow individuals to socially engage with others who may be in a similar position to them.
“We aim to build their support networks and social engagement. Whilst the employability aspect is the main focus of the outcomes, promoting social skills and helping to make new friendships are still very important to and what we deliver.
“Working in partnership with Burton Job Centre Plus has helped BACT receive regular updates on the latest vacancies in the local area, as well as future training courses that focus on helping individuals to gain employment. Directing this information in the way of our participants can enable the progression of unemployed or economically inactive participants. It can lead to helping them to make better health choices, attendance decisions at training or educational courses and eventually moving in the right employment direction.
Further to this, we also offer one-to-one support through the BBO Evolve programme.