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From 3 July through to 25 September 2017, Connexions Sandwell will continue to offer a One Stop Shop at Oldbury Council House, where every Monday and Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, different providers will be available to chat with young people aged 16 – 18 about their Bright Future.

For more information please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955. Facebook and twitter address, Sandwell_connexions.

 


Get A Job Programme – The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone

The ‘Get A Job’ Programme is an interactive employability, enterprise & interpersonal skills course for 16-24 year olds who are Not in Education, Employment or Training. It aims to help young people develop the self-awareness, confidence and skills to be able to move into a job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a college course.

The course will be delivered at The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone (Wolverhampton city centre) four times a year, with the first group inducting on 21st July and starting fully on 25th July. There are 81 guided learning hours scheduled over 6 weeks, 3 days a week, 10-2 each day, followed by a two week work placement and ongoing weekly drop-in employability support.

The course is part-funded by Accenture and partly by The Way (not ESF). Anyone who meets the age and NEET criteria is eligible, regardless of where they live. Each cohort will have approximately 12 young people.

Key course content:

• Teamwork & communication skills
• Adventure challenge away days including high ropes and team challenges
• An accredited Level 1 or 2 in Employability, Enterprise & Interpersonal Skills
• Advice from business people on succeeding at work
• Business & Enterprise Project – designing, creating & selling a product
• CV writing, job applications and practice interviews
• Behind the scenes tours & workshops at local businesses
• Support with identifying and securing next steps

For more information or to refer a young person please email mailto:leonie.hudson@thewayyouthzone.orgor call 01902 328290

 


Free 1-2-1 Employability Workshops

North Smethwick Development Trust are delivering a free one day employability workshops for adults where they can access 1-2-1 support on the day.

The workshops will be three workshops being held covering:

Workshop 1: 9.30am till 3.30pm in CV writing, covering letters and interview skills.
Workshop 2: 9.30am till 12 noon in Money Management
Workshop 3: 1pm till 3pm in Money Management

The one day workshops are being held on:

Tuesday 27th July 2017 at  Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.

It is essential that you book your place in advance by calling us on 0121 5555672 or via email at volunteering@nsdt.org.uk.

For parents on a low income we may be able to offer free childcare at our Ofsted registered Breakaway Holiday Club to enable you to attend the training workshops.


Invitation to The Sandwell Community Learning Offer 2017-18 Event

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of Community Learning. SAFL work in collaboration and partnership with other learning and training providers delivering learning opportunities and supporting adult learners annually in Sandwell.

In delivering a balanced offer for 2017-2018, they are seeking to sub-contract some of their provision to partners who can help them widen participation by delivering teaching and learning to those who engage for personal development and well-being or to develop stronger communities and families.

New and/or current local learning providers including Voluntary and Community sector groups, other private and third sector and non-profit organisations who are interested in becoming an Approved Sub-Contractor for 2017-2018 are invited to attend the Community Learning Offer briefing session to obtain further information. Being held on:

Thursday 22nd June 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Hateley Heath Further Education & Training Centre, Huntingdon Road, West Bromwich, B71 2RP

To confirm your attendance or for more information about this opportunity please contact Linda Matthews on 0121 556 7426 or via email at linda_matthews1@sandwell.gov.uk


FREE Introduction to Bid-writing Workshop

Get Grants has over a decade’s experience of providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments.  The consultancy holds a wealth of experience that is passed to clients through services and workshops.

As part of its range of service provision Get Grants offers FREE workshops aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds.

The next FREE short workshop session is on the topic of ‘Introduction to Bid-writing’ with details as follows:

Location: Newlands Bishop Farm, Berry Hall Lane, Catherine De Barnes, Solihull, B91 2RY

Date: 7 June 2017

Time: 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm

If you are interested and would like to book a place (subject to availability) then please contact Get Grants with details of your name, organisation and email address.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is NOT being delivered by SCVO – for any queries please use the ‘contact Get Grants’ link above.


Charity seeks Paid Carers for new Shared Lives Scheme

The charity Camphill Village Trust (CVT) is currently looking to recruit Paid Carers to its new Shared Lives Scheme, that is being launched in the Black Country this Summer.

Shared Lives is sometimes described like ‘foster care for adults who may be vulnerable or have a disability’, but it’s so much more than that. With 92% of all Schemes being rated as Good or Outstanding by CQC, Shared Lives is an innovative model of care, that enables people to stay in their own communities and provides a viable alternative to residential, nursing or hospital care.

As a Shared Lives Carer you are ‘carefully matched’ to support a person from within your own home, where they develop the skills to be as independent as possible and lead an ‘ordinary life’ at the heart of the neighbourhood. The person then becomes more confident and develops a sense of belonging, using their social and wider family networks for extra support.

You must be over 18 years of age but don’t need any qualifications or experience, just the right values, commitment and of course…..a spare bedroom. If you don’t own your own home, you will need to ask your landlord’s permission to use your property as a Shared Lives Arrangement.

CVT will provide relevant training and once approved, will give on-going supervision and support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained throughout each Shared Lives Arrangement. An enhanced DBS Check and references are required. Training will take place in your own home, via e-Learning and also as a group at CVT’s community hub in Stourbridge. The Assessment process takes about three months.

As a Shared Lives Carer you can be paid up to £600 per week depending on the level of support you provide to the Person who comes to stay with you on a long-term or respite basis, as well as receive significant tax breaks.

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives Carer for CVT, please go to ww.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives or call Dean Barnshaw, Shared Lives Development Manager on 07984 896010. Email dean.barnshaw@cvt.org.uk


Providers Event for Victims Fund

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner will be running a Providers Event for a Victims Fund workshop on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The workshop will run from 3 pm to 5 pm. The venue is SCVO, First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich B70 8ER.

The purpose of the workshop is give guidance to those voluntary sector groups that wish to apply for up to £15,000 funding from the Victims Fund which will open in April 2017. Potential applicants will learn more about:

  • Differences between outputs and outcomes
  • Financial information and monitoring
  • Evidencing need
  • Collaborative working
  • Quarterly monitoring returns
  • Explaining your project

The PCC welcomes applications from voluntary and community sector organisations which support victims and help them to cope and recover from their experiences of crime. Individual applications can be made or organisations can apply together as a partnership.

To book your FREE ticket visit the Eventbrite page.


Black Country Impact

Black Country Impact is aimed at 16—29 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The scheme will support you through training and activities that will not only help build self-confidence but have a positive impact in your future.

So if you need help with:

Employment: Training ∙ Support ∙ Life Skills ∙ Interviews ∙ Apprenticeships ∙ Employability Skills
Access to work experience
Careers Advice & Guidance: Improve your skills and education
Help with expenses: clothing ∙ equipment
Specialist interview advice

Please contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.


Small, Local Charities Set to Feel the Benefit of Skills Training

The Foundation for Social Improvement has been awarded a grant totalling £199,580 to run a two year training programme, helping small, local charities and community groups develop their fundraising skills – including digital skills.

The programme run by the FSI in partnership with LocalGiving, the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Finance Group, will provide over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. It will include face-to-face events across the country, webinars and online learning resources, one-to-one advice and consultancy appointments, fundraising campaign planning support, and intensive mentoring matches. Training will be subsidised, helping organisations to take part who may not normally have the resources to attend.

The training will be for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1m, which have a local focus within England.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said: “Small, local charities and community groups provide essential support for local people and are the backbone of our communities helping to build a fairer society that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

“I want to help them be more resilient and sustainable, and this training programme will give them valuable skills so they can continue their vital work helping to support people up and down the country.”

Details of the training events will be added to the FSI’s website as they become available, with online resources for those who might not be able to attend the training.

Source: Charity Digital News


News Update from the BBC Academy’s New Talent Team

Who are BBC Academy’s New Talent Team?
Based at BBC Birmingham, we lead the BBC’s entry level talent schemes across the UK including; Apprenticeships aimed at school leavers and Traineeships aimed at graduates, working across the BBC’s Production, Technology, Business and Journalism Departments. These are paid contracts of employment with a salary, fully paid training fees and fantastic work placement opportunities.  Some are formally recognised Apprentice qualifications up to Degree level. We expect everyone who completes our programmes to be equipped with the skills and experience to take up a career in BBC or the wider media sector and we’re passionate about opening up our opportunities to all.

What opportunities are we currently offering?
On 13th March 2017 we open applications for our Production and Journalism Apprenticeship.  The schemes start in September and are based across the UK. They are open to anyone with the passion and raw talent to succeed.

Who are we looking for?
Applicants need to be bursting with ideas.  They need to be creative and able to bring a fresh, new perspective to our output. If you know someone who fits this profile, someone who dreams of a career in the media, then we want to hear from them.

But this doesn’t mean we just want people with bags of experience and confidence. Sometimes, applying for a job in the media can be daunting. If your organisation engages with young people who lack a bit of self belief – but nonetheless have the underlying potential – we’d love to hear from them – please tell them that potential not polish is what we’re looking for!

How do I find out more?
We are running a series of three hour open sessions where potential applicants can meet the Apprenticeship and Traineeship scheme managers and some of our current trainees and apprentices. Sign up here:  www.bbc.co.uk/getinevents.

More on the individuals schemes are available here:
www.bbc.co.uk/pas – production apprentices
www.bbc.co.uk/dja – journalism apprentices

Extend Hub
The BBC is keen to widen participation in its schemes so please direct candidates with a disability to www.bbc.co.uk/extend  to find out what support we offer.

Staying in touch
Remember please follow us on social media for latest updates and chats with the team @bbcgetin  www.bbc.co.uk/getin to find out what support we offer.


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