Local resident Anna had been thinking for some time about starting her own business. She saw a leaflet in the local library about business start-up courses run by TCHC and decided to give them a call.

The courses run regularly across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and are funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. Anna went on the Building Your Own Business Idea course which gave the confidence and support to make the leap into being her own boss.

Disadvantaged learners in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk will be helped to get back into the workplace thanks to a £2.4 million fund, with Community Grants to be co-ordinated by workforce development organisation TCHC.

There are a range of new courses available locally to support would-be entrepreneurs and people looking to develop their employment skills in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. The courses are running throughout 2014 and are designed to cover all the major skills you need to start a business, become self-employed or get that dream job.

A funded social media course is to assist local jobseekers and those looking to become self employed in finding work.

According to a recent report by Jobvite, social media has become a popular recruitment tool amongst hiring managers over the last few years. The report indicates that 94% of employers surveyed plan to use social networks for recruiting purposes.

Employability and training experts The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have been awarded the contract to support young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) or those deemed to be potential NEETs in the East of England

The programme, funded by ESF (European Social Fund), Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency, will focus on the individual needs of young people, with the ultimate aim of getting them ready for work, education or training. It is estimated that in the East of England region there were over 10,000* young people classed as NEET in 2012.

The contract worth around £3.9 million has now started and will run until July 2015. It is expected that 1833 young people will receive support from this programme.

The programme will focus on two core groups; those aged 16-19 and classed as NEET and those aged 14-16 in danger of becoming NEET. We can also support people between 19 and 24 who have been assessed as having a learning difficulty and/or disability.

TCHC has experience of delivering support to young people and adults who are unemployed and have skilled, qualified and highly experienced tutors and personal advisers. Each young person will have their own Personal Adviser who will put together an individual learning plan designed to meet the needs of the individual.

There are three main strands to the support offered and they are around: functional skills development such as maths, English and ICT; employability skills such as communication, interview techniques, behavioural development; and work readiness such as work placements and volunteering.

TCHC Chief Executive Dale Morgan said: “We are excited to have won this contract. We have a proven track record of supporting this group and can’t wait to see the positive impact of the programme. It is so important to support this group of young people and give them the opportunity to develop and gain confidence and give them every chance to succeed. 

“Our programme is developed for the individual, it looks to solve the challenges they face and give them the confidence to progress, get employment, get an Apprenticeship or return to education.”

Mark Williams, Director of Youth Programmes added “This programme provides the young person with a tailored programme to meet their needs. They get a Personal Adviser, someone they can talk to and with their help, put together a plan that will help them succeed. It might be that they need more confidence, motivation, better communication skills, improve their English or maths. That’s what we can provide, practical but essential support that they need, as well as real life work experience.”  

The programme is available in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire

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