Employment, training and in work support

Want to find volunteering, training or employment opportunities?
We are here to help!

United Communities is part of the ‘Future Bright’ programme, a new service offering flexible options to improve your job prospects and enhance your potential. We have recruited two Career Progression Coaches, Mike Allen and Dina Stanley who can help you with support, advice and gaining new skills.

Mike has worked in the Welfare to work industry for over 13 years and in this time has worked as a National Careers Advisor helping people to gain sustainable employment by updating CV’s helping with interview techniques and also helping with cover letters and applications. Mike has also a wealth of knowledge of education industry as prior to working in welfare to work he worked as a Lecturer for colleges and corporate education.

To ensure Future Bright is tailored to your needs, you will be teamed up with our careers progression coach who can help you with:

Careers advice – to identify what you would like to do in the future and help create an achievable plan to get you there.
Overcoming barriers – that prevent you from achieving your goals.
Improving your skills – identifying and arranging the training you need and fitting it around your current commitments.
Balancing priorities – access to help regarding finances, child care etc.
Existing employment – if you choose, identify ways with your employer in which you can achieve more in your current role.
Taking the next step – providing support and advice to help you reach your full potential.

All conversations are confidential, allowing you to talk freely about your current situation and what you want to achieve.

Future Bright will improve your confidence and give you the skills you need to boost your career. Best of all… Future Bright is FREE. To be eligible you must be receiving Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction but NOT JSA, ESA, Income Support or Universal Credit.

You can contact Mike and Dina by email, futurebright@unitedcommunities.org.uk or by ringing our office, 0117 942 4600, and asking to be put through to the Career Progression Coaches.

 

If you are not eligible for the Future Bright service you may be interested in the below resources and information:  

Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service has lots of useful information on how to apply for an apprenticeship and search for current vacancies.

What can you do?

Employment

Ways2Work is the website for employment, training and support organisations in Bristol and the West of England (Bath and NE Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) area. There is lots of useful information about employment and training.

You can search and apply for jobs all over the country using the government’s Universal Jobmatch site.

Employment advice for people with disabilities

PLUSS is an award winning Community Interest Company which supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment each year.

Bristol branch – Suite 8C, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NT.

T: 0117 202 0965, E: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk

Swindon branch – Suite A, 1st Floor, Wiltshire Court, Farnsby Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5AH

WECIL advice service is open to any disabled person in the UK, and our experienced advisors can support you across a range of issues

0117 9479950 advice@wecil.co.uk

Training

There are lots of places in and around the wider area of Bristol offering free or discounted training.

For up to date information and advice on courses visit the relevant website.

South Gloucestershire

Bristol

Swindon

Southern Brooks Partnership offer free and reduced-rate courses. From food hygiene to digital photography, working with children to managing your money.

Opportunity Fund

United Communities have launched an Opportunity Fund to provide financial assistance for tenants to take up employment and training opportunities which can’t be met by other sources.

We’ll fund up to 75% of the cost for course fees and materials to a maximum of £500 per applicant.

Read our terms and conditions for more information and apply using the

Alternatively you can contact Jayne Whittlestone for further information about the Opportunity Fund.

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