Home to Work – ‘Skills for You’

Home to Work was established in 2001 to assist people in finding employment and provide unemployed people with work experience, education and training. The Skills 4 You project is a pilot project which aims to support unemployed people in Copeland by offering them practical experience in a workshop setting.

The 8 week course allows individuals to gain practical work experience in a suitable environment and address issues around personal development and soft skills. The trainees are encouraged and helped with learning opportunities, including short courses and basic skills leading to appropriate main stream accredited courses.

Sheila Moffatt, Project Manager for the project said “This project is creating new, efficient and imaginative routes to skills development for individuals lacking in confidence and helping them gain employment skills. The project also links to wider local schemes such as the Impact Furniture Scheme where furniture items will be refurbished by participants of the scheme to a standard of re-use. We have also been working closely with other organisations such as Job Centre Plus, TCV and Inspira to ensure that the participants are in a stronger position to apply for jobs”.

Other funding has come from Home Internal Investment Fund, Copeland Homes, Cumbria Community Foundation (NMP Fund), Garfield Weston, Regen North East Copeland and their own funds.


Outputs

• 2 full time Jobs Created/Safeguarded
• 1 part time Job Created/Safeguarded
• 384 sq metres of New or Refurbished Floor Space
• £45,766 Additional Funding drawn into the Area
• 1 new Volunteering Opportunity
• 40 Local People Assisted in their Skills Development


Outcomes

1. Increased number of clients developing skills for employment
2. Increased number of unemployed individuals feeling more confident about starting or returning to the workplace
3. Referrals to partner agencies for support
4. Increased community awareness and involvement