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Think Positive

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Support into Work in Birmingham

The Think Positive Programme is designed to help you look forward and support your aims and ambitions.

If you are facing moderate mental health issues, this flexible programme is designed to help you overcome any obstacles, build your confidence and grow your skills, so that you can focus on your career. Whatever your needs we want to help you into work.

Overcome your barriers to employment and get the support you need to get into work!

What does the programme include?

  • Identifying your goals and ambitions
  • Mentoring and wellbeing support
  • Confidence building
  • Motivation tools
  • Developing team work skills
  • CV support
  • Job search tools
  • Interview techniques
  • Work placement
  • Enhancing your self esteem

Who's it for?

This programme supports clients experiencing health barriers who are:

  • Claiming Employment and Support Allowance
  • Residents of North, Central, East and South Birmingham
  • Aged 18 or over and seeking employment

How long does the course last?

The course duration is 4-6 weeks, for less than 16 hours a week.

How to get involved

To find out more or get involved please ask your work coach to contact TCHC on 01923 698455. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Support for ESA Claimants

Are you currently in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and looking to return to work?

We offer a programme where the primary focus is giving you the support you need to get into work and kick start your career.  The well-bing programme for Employment Support Allowance claimants provides support tailored to your individual needs.

What is the programme about?

This programme is about giving you the skills and confidence to succeed.  We offer you a wide range of support including access to a personal adviser throughout the programme, which can run up to 13 weeks.

The support options include:

  • Pre-work placement support - providing specialist support as required
  • Work placement
  • Pre-employment / Full-time education support
  • Job search / Application support
  • In work support.

Who’s it for?

This programme supports clients experiencing health barriers who are:

  • Claiming inactivity benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit who are experiencing health barriers
  • Residents of Essex, Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire.

Will it affect my benefits?

No!  The programme is funded by the DWP and has been designed to give you the best chance to  start your career.

Apprenticeship Grant

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Apprenticeship Grants for Employers with less than 50 Employees

Through the Skills Support for the Unemployed project, TCHC can assist your business with a grant of up to £1,500 to help you take on an Apprentice. This grant can be used for the associated costs, such as recruitment fees, of employing a new Apprentice.

This grant is available to organisations who meet the eligibility criteria below and who take on an individual who is currently unemployed and in receipt of state benefits, that are looking for work and require training to help them enter work.

Is my organisation eligible for this grant?

Your organisation may be eligible for this grant if:

  • You are a small or medium sized enterprise who employs fewer than 50 full time employees; and
  • You have not previously engaged in Apprenticeships or there has been a period of 12 months since the last Apprenticeship ended and/or
  • You have an Apprenticeship Programme but can confirm additionally; and
  • Satisfy State Aid and De Minimis regulations

If your business meets the above criteria, you can qualify for a grant payment if the individual that you wish to recruit is unemployed (in receipt of state benefits, looking for work and requires skills training to help them find work) and:

  • Is aged between 19 and 24 at the start date of the Apprenticeship and
  • Is eligible for ESF funding and
  • Your business is employing the apprentice for a minimum of 35 hours per week, including off the job training, for the duration of their Apprenticeship programme.

How will the grant be paid?

If your business qualifies for this grant you will receive two grant payments of up to a maximum of £1,500 for every Apprenticeship start. The first payment will be made on the completion of 8 weeks (56 days) of the Apprenticeship (from the start date) and the second payment will be made on completion of the Apprenticeship framework should they remain on the programme.

What support will I receive from TCHC?

We will assist you with the recruitment process and help you find a suitable Apprenticeship Course and Training Provider. Once your Apprentice started work, we will check in with you and the training provider regularly to ensure everything is running as smoothly as possible. You will also have access to further advice and guidance to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from taking on a young Apprentice.

If you would like to receive more information, or take on an Apprentice, please dial 01923 698 430 or submit your enquiry using the form below.

Support for Jobseekers

Looking to get into or return to work?

If so, then our jobseeker support could be just the thing for you.  

Our programmes are government-funded and designed to support those not currently in work but who are committed to finding long-term employment or wish to start a business.

Support vary depending on your area, but may include:

  • One-to-one guidance and advice to formulate a tailored personal action plan
  • Job search support including careers advice, completing application forms and preparing your CV
  • Job specific training
  • Support throughout your participation in the programme to help you secure a positive future and become more confident in your own abilities
  • An assigned Specialist Employment Adviser to help you find a new job
  • Business start-up training and support, should you wish to enter self-employment.

If you are looking for work in a specific field, we offer training, including Apprenticeship opportunities in a range of sectors such as Construction, Business Services, Transport and Logistics, Hospitality and Tourism and Health and Social Care, to name just a few.

The training will be tailored to your needs, and you will receive support from the very first day to help you overcome any difficulties you might face.

If you would like to start a business, some of programmes include business start-up training courses and cover topics such as:

  • Testing your business idea
  • Business planning
  • Business forecasts
  • Assessing or developing your marketing plan
  • Identifying your customers.

To participate, you must be a UK resident who lives within one of the six counties in the East of England (Hertfordshire, Essex Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire) and be aged 19 or over.

Skills Support and Training Courses for Unemployed
01923 698 472

For up to date information on potential job roles please visit the National Careers Service website.

If you would like to receive more information, call 01923 698 472 or leave a message via the contact form below.

Find a New Job: Skills Support for Jobseeker

Looking to return to work?

If so, then this project could be just the thing for you.

Similar to the Response to Redundancy this is a government-funded scheme designed to support those not currently in work but who are committed to finding long-term employment or start a business.

This programme provides:

  • One-to-one guidance and advice to formulate a tailored personal action plan
  • Job search support including career advice, completing application forms and preparing your CV
  • Job specific training
  • Support throughout your participation in the programme to help you secure a positive future and become more confident in your own abilities
  • An assigned Specialist Employment Adviser to help you find a new job
  • Business start-up training and support, should you wish to enter self-employment.

If you are looking for work in a specific field, we offer training including Apprenticeship opportunities in a range of sectors such as Construction, Business Services, Transport and Logistics, Hospitality and Tourism and Health and Social Care to name just a few.

The training will be tailored to your needs and you will receive support from the very first day to help you overcome any difficulties you might face.

If you would like to start a business our business start up training cover topics such as:

Skills Support and Training Courses for Jobseekers
01923 698 472

  • Testing your business idea
  • Business planning
  • Business forecasts
  • Assessing or developing your marketing plan
  • Identifying your customers.

To participate, you must be a UK resident who lives within one of the six counties within the East of England (Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire) and be aged 19 or over.

For up to date information on potential job roles please visit the National Careers Service website.

If you would like to receive more information, call 01923 698 472 or leave a message via the contact form below.