Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP) are delighted to announce a new contractual relationship with Oxfordshire Adult Learning, provided by Abingdon & Witney College, which is funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to deliver the next two cohorts of the Unlocking Potential Employability Programme.
The contract between Abingdon & Witney College and BYHP which is worth up to £10,000, was recently agreed and signed following an application process to the Oxfordshire Learning Network in February and on confirmation of a successful bid, BYHP has joined the UK Register of Learning Providers and has been implementing all of the elements to provide training services to Oxfordshire Adult Learning.
The two courses will take place over three full days for five weeks 19th April to 19th May and 21st June to 21st July and anyone over the age of 16 who is Not in Education, Employment and Training is eligible to apply to take part. 16-18 year olds are supported by the charity and should get in touch if interested in this initiative, however, the funding is specifically focused on enabling those who are 19 years old and above to move forward in their lives.
The Unlocking Potential course is a great place where Young People can learn new skills or improve existing ones in an informal and safe environment.
By identifying and achieving personal and career goals BYHP’s team enable them to progress into employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities.
During the course they can gain five accredited AQA qualifications, which include Self-Awareness, Careers and Progression to Working Life, Responsibility of Independent Living, Conflict Resolution and Volunteering.
Additionally they gain a Food Hygiene in Catering Level 2 qualification.
Aida Walsh, BYHP’s Training Programme Manager and the team will be delivering the sessions through group discussions, activities, role play and individual 1:1 support.
One key aspect of the programme is the involvement of subject matter experts from outside BYHP, including Barclays Bank, the National Careers Service, Lloyds Bank, local entrepreneur Ian Huband of Pub Stuff Limited and Banbury Rotary Club.
Following the completion of the in-house training, BYHP works with the Young People to carry out some work experience, ideally in a field of work that they are most interested in.
To do this, BYHP works closely with local businesses that can provide work experience opportunities for the Young People.
Additionally, BYHP continues to support them at the Job Club run every Monday, providing assistance with finding and applying for jobs and coaches them about the job interview process and how they should prepare for life in work.
The key goal for all participants following the programme is for them to find opportunities in education, training, work experience positions or paid employment. In the September 2014 to September 2015 period over 80% of the 88 participants did just this.
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