New course helping long term unemployed get back to work

The course, for the long term unemployed in Kensington & Chelsea, fills a much needed gap from what is offered through the job centre work programmes that are designed on a more generic basis. The three month course is accessible to all people at all levels and helps people to build on existing skills, reinforce them, and develop new ones.

Learn2Earn provide a bespoke service that is tailored to individuals’ circumstance, abilities and goals. It encourages people to take ownership over their next steps in their journey towards volunteering or being employment ready.

A service user from the course, said: “I’ve been unemployed for a while this course will help me to get back into work, even if it doesn’t lead into work at least I’ll be better prepared with all the new skills I’m gaining.

Learn2Earn is a good environment, easy going and the tutors are great and knowledgeable. I’ve enjoyed all of it so far.”

Wendy and AnnaAnna Alcock, Community Engagement Worker at Learn2Earn, said: “Many people who are long term unemployed have problems with substance misuse, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues; these issues coupled with a lack of confidence, limited further education and gaps in employment history seriously disadvantages them compared to others in the job market. Our programme helps to remove these barriers.”

Wendy, O’Neill, Volunteer Programme Manager, added: “Learn2Earn supports and encourages clients who do not feel work ready or have been long term unemployed to access voluntary positions. Volunteering offers an individual an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, expand and develop current skills, improve confidence and self-esteem while giving something back to the community. Volunteering also enables an individual to try out different roles and to introduce them into a work place environment at their own pace.”

If you or know someone that may benefit form attending the course please contact Anna or Wendy on 020 8960 5599 or learn2earn@blenheimcdp.org.uk.

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