Our Workclub (FAST Job Net) recognises the part unemployment plays in poor mental health and in particular the misery and suffering that is being caused by the sanctions systems that have been introduced as part of Universal Credit. But it also appreciates that earning a living is an important factor towards improving mental well-being and breaking the cycle of deprivation.
Our Employability Coordinator and 4 bi-lingual support volunteers are based in Cheetham Hill Jobcentre 2 days per week to engage with people who are struggling. The team works collaboratively with Jobcentre staff to identify those that will benefit from further support from FAST.
Mike and his team provide a direct and personal welcome to FAST’s services, carry out an initial assessment, make appointments for 1:1 CV development at FAST.
FAST Job Net provides:
career counselling to establish ways of building work experience and adding value to CVs through vocationally-relevant certificates and/or further learning and skills training;
referral to Peer Welfare Ambassadors where adults safeguarding issues are identified;
referral to CoGS (Community Guidance Service) to address practical issues such as the immediate threat of sanctions or how to access training;
UK Online Centre to build digital skills in jobsearch, managing Universal Credit, emailing and to gain vocationally-relevant certificates through online learning.
Our Employer Engagement Worker will help people gain work experience opportunities through volunteering, work-shadowing or work placements.