In a rural community, having low literacy can mean that access to employment and services that can help you improve can be difficult. Courses are offered in different towns and employment opportunities are limited in small towns. National evidence also suggests that by 2020 65% of new jobs will require NVQ level 4 or above. We know that our vulnerable adults will be excluded from this jobs market without support, so it’s important to build a community that supports social mobility, employment and training and provides safe and sociable space for people to explore this.
To support this need we have an adult literacy course for very low literacy and we partner with local pubs to make access to information and services more available in community settings.
We would now like to partner with our local community hub and library to provide a different sort of jobs club. CVs will still be looked at and jobs will still be applied for but primarily we will be supporting a community to share their own skills and improve each other’s lives. Soft skills for employability are really important, including personal organisation, literacy and social skills. Volunteering and being part of a group can help to improve these skills and bring a sense of purpose and determination to succeed in whatever life brings you.
Community Engagement is a vital part of creating a safe and accessible community. We would like to coordinate these projects along with other services and groups we run for all ages and stages so that there is no wrong door for people in Calne. If you access one project, you can access them all.
There is an existing base of volunteers in both the Community Hub and within Calne Wordfest. There has been a desire to see this jobs club happen for a long time Many of us want this support ourselves and have realised there is a gap in other services provided by colleges and job centres.
Many volunteers do an amazing job on a regular basis and would love to access paid employment. Their passion and skill are in the community sector and opening up jobs opportunities with our two organisations will demonstrate pathways from volunteering and improving skills into accessible employment.
We need funding to support our volunteers with a coordinator who knows about groups, knows about jobs and the barriers that are faced and can help us improve. We need to connect with colleges, job centres and the CAB where confidence and understanding is lacking. We need a level of consistency that will create a safe space for people who use the club
This funding will make a huge difference to our community and for the adults who will join the jobs club.