Are there people in your local community who are struggling to find employment? You may be church or community project that already runs various activities and would like to offer additional support for the unemployed, or you’re a small church or group with limited resources and would like to work together with other local people to run a job club?
Jericho Foundation works with churches, community groups and charity organisations across the West Midlands who have a heart for assisting the unemployed in their local community. We run two day and a one day Job search course called Ignition that can equip and resource your staff and volunteers to run a job club, employability workshops or a job search drop-in service.
What is Ignition?
Ignition is a training programme designed to equip churches, community organisations, charities and voluntary groups to deliver practical job search support and guidance for unemployed men and women in their local community providing job seekers with the knowledge, skills, practical support and encouragement to help them search for work effectively.
Passionate and willing volunteers are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver help to job seekers through knowledge and confidence to deliver an Ignition Job Search course, to set up a job club or run employability workshops, one-to-one support or general advice. We run a 2 day or 1 intense day workshop sessions that are interactive as well as informative.
Two day workshop – Our two day training workshop supports churches, charities and community projects who would like to set up and run a job club, employability workshops or job search drop-in sessions.
The two day training sessions cover areas such as:
- How to run a job club, job search course or employability workshops
- Working with the unemployed
- Identifying a job seeker’s key skills
- Enhancing or creating effective CVs
- Job search methods and job applications
- Understanding the role of the employer
- Preparing for an interview
- Improving presentation skills and more
One day workshop – Our one day workshop is ideal for churches, community projects and charities that already run an existing community outreach projects i.e. foodbanks, money advice projects, soup kitchens, coffee mornings or a general drop-in advice projects. The one day workshop session summarises the two day content into one intense day and will equip your staff and volunteers with enough tools, resources, knowledge and confidence to talk to clients/service users about their unemployment and offer employment and signposting advice as an additional support clients.
The one day training sessions cover areas such as:
- Exploring the barriers unemployed people face.
- Talking to clients about their unemployment challenges.
- Identifying transferable job skills.
- Where to find vacancies – Job search methods.
- Applying for the job – CVs and application forms.
- Preparing for an interview.
- Signposting to jobs and training opportunities.
PLEASE NOTE: An Ignition training resource manual accompanies both the one day and two day training sessions which provides comprehensive and ready to use session plans, hand-outs and extension activity resources are all included.
(A quote from Stetchford Trussell Trust Foodbank):
“Jericho Foundation provided basic training for a small dedicated group of our foodbank volunteers. We got excellent guidance, ideas & tools that we could use to help for our clients – especially those who have been out of work for some time. At the end of the session, our team felt confident they could do a step by step enquiry & sign-posting, even without a background in employment support. Fantastic training! ” – Faydene Gillings-Grant: Project Manager, Stechford Foodbank (June 2016)
How does Ignition benefit the job seeker?
People will receive practical help and support with writing a CV, completing job applications, interview preparation and much more. They will also benefit from being accepted, welcomed, listened to and encouraged to keep going with their job search.
What does Ignition training cost?
We do not charge for the training however we do ask for a suggested gift donation of £80 for the 2 day workshop or £50 towards the 1 day training day.
Organisations that have gone through the Ignition training then receive ongoing supported from Jericho Foundation and are invited to be part of a support network alongside other Job Clubs, employability projects and organisations.
We also work with other training providers to offer additional training workshops and collaborative working.
View an Ignition video clip on The Cinnamon Network website to find out further information about the Ignition Programme . Alternatively contact our Ignition Coordinator, Patricia White at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0121 647 1960 for more information about our ignition courses.