The Ready for Work programme, run by Brighton and Hove Business Action on Homelessness, offers work placement opportunities with local businesses to people in the Brighton and Hove area who have been affected by homelessness.
The work placements provide participants with experience in the workplace and a current reference from a reputable employer, and increase their chances of gaining paid part-time or full-time employment.
Work placements open up volunteering opportunities, which in turn may count as a positive contribution towards progress in moving on through the housing banding. The experience of work placement often propels clients into consideration of further study, or into internships to acquire further skills.
The period of work placement is preceded by preparatory training, given by professional trainers and assisted by business volunteers. Trained 'buddies' are responsible for work placement clients in every one of our participating businesses, and we maintain regular contact with clients' keyworkers from the moment of referral through to completion of the work placement, and beyond.
We provide programme participants with information, advice and guidance at the Action Review which follows the work placement, and we run a monthly Job Support Network meeting for all those who have completed the programme, open to them for at least 18 months.
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