Funded by ESF, first through Enable (first delivery, April – July 2014) and then by Futures (second delivery, October 2014 – February 2015), Discover Your Potential was a programme of intensive employability training and support delivered through group sessions and working 1:1 with tutors.
The course was designed to help learners to think differently about their personal goals, by defining what they would like to achieve, supporting them in planning to plan how to get there. Emphasis was placed on making learning fun, engaging and inspiring whilst building the necessary toolkit of skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve this.
Topics covered by the course included:
- Exploring ways of gaining work experience to use on application forms and CVs, and as a way to gain more skills or qualifications
- Talking positively about volunteering experience
- Understanding transferable skills
- Building confidence and ways of dealing with situations that we may feel worried about, such as going for an interview or starting a new job
- What employers are looking for in a job application
- What specific skills do different jobs need and how can we gain them?
- CVs, covering letters and application form techniques; using social networking to showcase your talents
- Putting ourselves in the interviewer’s shoes: a safe space to practice skills learned throughout the course by interviewing the tutor and seeing if you would give them the job!
The programme supported over 75% of individuals into volunteering or further learning, with 11% securing paid employment.
One learner commented:
“I thought I was becoming depressed before I started. This course has really helped me to do something new and get some self-belief back”
Each learner was given support to develop an individual learning plan and a personal action plan. Support continued 1:1 after the end of the course: tutors offered help with CV writing, application forms for training courses and signposting specialist support for self-employment options. An Enable observation assessment rated the course as equivalent to an Ofsted ‘good’.