James’s story - Success in Dudley borough
On James completing secondary school he left with grades good enough to help him move towards employment but James lost his motivation, so much so that his life led to him becoming homeless.
With support from local services and Black Country Impact we are helping James turn his life around, he is now living in supported accommodation and with the help of a Black Country Impact advisor has received the advice he needs, ranging from different training options, college opportunities and local apprenticeship routes. All helping to show James that there is a way forwards.
Through the Black Country Impact service we have been able to work with James and talked through how the barriers he faces can be removed, enabling his active participation in training, education and employment.
Through working together with James we quickly realised that going back into mainstream education was not going to be the answer, as James wasn’t comfortable with the prospect. The depth of service we are able to provide through Black Country Impact has meant we have been able to put together a bespoke level of support for James that is completely individualised to his own interests.
We have researched jobs James could see himself progressing in and the necessary qualifications and experience needed. With the added service we have been able to offer through Black Country Impact we have been able to build a package of support to remove James’s barriers that have been keeping him from employment, like health and safety in the workplace, first aid, and a range of other vocational courses that he needs to build his career.
The story is good for James and we have helped him plan for a brighter future, helping him identify a range of areas that will underpin any work placements or jobs he may have in the future, and most importantly giving him the self esteem to succeed.
Adeela’s story - Success in Dudley borough
Adeela had become unemployed after making a decision to leave her chosen career. Adeela had followed an employment path to be a teacher but realised that it was not for her. After discussing her situation with Job Centre Plus they both decided that her best option was to be referred to us, at Black Country Impact.
Adeela’s chosen career was causing her anxiety and giving her confidence issues, a change in direction was needed. With this in mind and after speaking with an employability officer, Adeela felt that her future employment prospects would rest in the field of office work and general administration but she needed help to make this a reality.
Through working together Black Country Impact identified that Adeela would benefit from a placement where she could gain the experience she needed, working in a busy office environment where she could develop both the administrative and inter-personal skills required.
Through the Black Country Impact we managed to arrange a placement with a local neighbourhood learning centre, where she could assist the arts curriculum leader.
By taking the placement Adeela learnt the skills she needed for her change in career, these included engaging with a range of community groups to identify their arts learning needs and supporting the development of learning programmes and workshops. The skills this helped Adeela gain included how to contribute to the efficient running of an organisation by maintaining administrative systems and processes including filing, data inputting and archiving. She also gained valuable experience in providing information both internally and externally by answering routine queries from members of the public. Furthermore Adeela worked alongside the curriculum leader to support an arts showcase event by helping to arrange the performances, artists, venue, catering and distribution of tickets. In fact she gained experience in every aspect of the event right down to producing and distributing posters and publicity leaflets.
The skills, experience and confidence Adeela gained through the placement meant that Black Country Impact was able to help identify suitable employment opportunities with local businesses.
Following on from the support gained through the Black Country Impact Adeela has successfully obtained employment with a local employer in an administrative role, helping to give Adeela the start she wanted.