Who can access the employment support programme?
The one-to-one sessions and group workshops are for Raven customers and clients referred to us. The Step-Up to Work placement programme is open to anyone from the local community looking for a work placement.
How can I get involved in one of the programmes?
How long is the programme?
Each person’s involvement is specific to their needs. We will work with you as long as you actively involve yourself and keep moving forward to achieve your work goals.
How often and where will I meet my advisor?
You and your advisor will agree a suitable pattern to meet or make contact so they can support and review your progress. Some may be face to face meetings and others may be remote by phone or email. Face to face sessions will be held somewhere that suits your needs.
Will I always have the same advisor?
Where possible you will have the same adviser to support you all the way through your time on the programme.
Does it cost anything to take part in the programme?
No, this is all part of our customer support service. All we need is your time and commitment to completing your action plan. We can help with costs such as travel and work clothing.
I want to get back to work but I don’t have many skills or much confidence - how can you help me?
We will help you identify your strengths and areas for future development in an action plan. It will be a step-by-step approach to building your skills and confidence.
We will move at a pace that suits you but we will aim to keep you moving forward so you develop and make progress.
I have never worked - will anyone want to employ me?
Through workshops, training and work-related experiences you will be able to show potential employers that you are ready for work. We will help you to identify useful skills, gained through life experiences such as parenting and caring, or through hobbies and volunteering.
Many people start the programme even though they do not feel ready for work but we can support you to become ready. There is no expectation that you must get work straight away. Your individual action plan will help set out your stepping stones to getting the job you desire.
Can you support me - I have a disability?
Yes, we will work with you to get ready for work and help you to learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee with a disability. We will also work on building your confidence and help you to decide what you can and can’t do.
I have had issues with mental health, how can you support me?
We will work with you to get you ready for work and help you learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee with mental health difficulties. We will help you to become more confident and link you with local agencies to ensure you have on-going support at work for as long as you need it or provide you with access to talking therapy as required.
I am no longer able to work in my previous field, what career change support is available?
It can be hard to think of another career but the programme can help you identify your areas of interest and skills, or the training needed to support your career change.
The programme will support people into any full time, part-time or term-time work, whichever suits your life and financial needs best.
We will help you explore your interests and skills.
There will be opportunities to research and trial areas of work through volunteering and job placements.
We can help you research the skills and experience levels required for a specific field or role.
I have children under school age - can I work now?
Childcare is always an important consideration, but yes you can. We will help you prepare for work in an area that meets your needs and help you arrange childcare and travel costs to ensure it is practical for you to work.
Can you help me start my own business?
Starting your own business can be a great way to change career or start a new challenge. We will help you to look at your skills and business ideas, ensuring it is suitable for self-employment. We will also help you access professional support to develop your own business.