Teaming up with charity the Torus Foundation, Springboard Cheshire will help newly unemployed people in Warrington and Cheshire, many of whom may have never been out of work before but whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19.
The scheme offers advice, training and one-to-one support over an intensive programme lasting 10-13 weeks. It includes mental health support, as well as help with digital skills, interview training, and financial advice.
The project is backed by the European Social Fund and the Torus Foundation is working with businesses by subsiding wages to secure paid work experience for participants.
A range of placements are available in sectors such as:
- Health and social care
Take a look at what Springboard Cheshire offer:
How Springboard can help
John* was very worried when he contacted Springboard, having no understanding of the current job market, and believing that he would never work again. He had been made redundant from a management role he had done for many years and was only a couple of years off retirement. He’d not had to job search, apply for a job, or attend an interview in over twenty years.
Supported by his Springboard employment advisor they put together a new CV, worked on understanding the current expectations from recruiters, got a good understanding of how to search for jobs, and tips on how to highlight the key expectations of the job role with applications. As well as training and guidance, including a full preparation list for interviews including methods and processes to answer typical and competency style questions.
“Together we identified some employment opportunities and started the process of applying for jobs, and quite quickly started to get positive responses to his applications, being asked to several interviews.
“John performed well with the guidance he had been given and was successful in being offered three job roles from four interviews attended – John has now started as an operation manager’s job role!”
John thanked his Springboard advisor for the support, which took him from a position of believing he would never work again, back into work over a few weeks. John said “I would recommend the project to anyone looking for support back into work and that the information and guidance given was paramount to me getting a new job”.
(*John – not his real name)