A key part of the Meeting Place’s work is to help disadvantaged individuals change their lives through accessing Employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities. Many of the individual’s we work with experience significant barriers to Employment and other opportunities. Barriers may include:
- Lack of skills
- Lack of work experience
- Difficulties in fitting employment around child or family career responsibilities
- Lack of English skills
- Long time out of the labour market
- Criminal record
- Refugee status
- Mental health difficulties
- Little knowledge of job opportunities
- Lack of digital and IT skills
- Poor motivation
- Lack of confidence.
Individuals may also experience additional difficulties which impact on their employability, such as issues around housing and accommodation, substance misuse, negative peer group pressure or lack of personal ‘networks’. The Meeting Place also helps with these difficulties by linking up with a range of organisations in the community which can assist.
Through our collaborative work with our specialist partners and the support of our volunteers we help people overcome these barriers through positive Employability support. Our partners help with CV’s, job search, training opportunities and interview skills. Our advisors agree clear, personalised Action Plans with individuals and empower them to search for and secure employment. This can include highlighting how individuals can be financially better off in work rather than on benefits, volunteering to build confidence and experience, work trials, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships, part-time and full-time jobs. We can also helps people who want to become self-employed.
We work in close partnerships with Employers and with many organisations from the private, public, and voluntary sector who offer training and support to increase employability skills. Serco and Renaisi provide employment support and Aim Skills Development support with apprenticeships and traineeships for people of all ages and from all sections of East London’s diverse communities.