We use 'cookies' to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website and if you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. If you would like to know about 'what a cookie is' and how we look after your data privacy here, follow the 'Learn More' link to read our Privacy Notice.

Okay, I'm happy with that.Learn More
A A A
Employment & Skills | Ideal for All page banner image

Employment & Skills

Learn new skills, build your confidence and improve your chances of getting a job

Through weekly job clubs, training courses, volunteering opportunities and wellbeing programmes, we support disabled and disadvantaged people to develop their skills, confidence, and CVs in order to find work or move closer towards securing employment. 

Our support is tailored to each person’s needs and aspirations, designed to help them overcome barriers to work including providing information and guidance to employers and professionals relating to the employment of disabled people.

Take a look at the difference we're making in our Employment and Skills infographic.

 

What we offer?

Our Employment and Skills service is free for disabled and disadvantaged people living in the Black Country who are unemployed and looking to move into work, further education, or training. If required, our team can provide high level learning support including access to specialist IT equipment and software. We will check that your benefits will not be affected by accessing our help.

Our experienced employment advisers will work with you on a one-to-one mentoring basis and in groups to assist you to achieve your goals. We will produce an action plan and support you through it. This may include help with:

  • Exploring different career options, understanding your strengths and interests
  • Creating a CV
  • Job applications and interview techniques
  • Arranging work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Basic skills courses in Literacy, Numeracy, and IT
  • Personal development courses (assertiveness, confidence, anxiety management)
  • Information on benefits
  • Travelling to work sessions
  • Opportunities to improve your independence, mental health and wellbeing
  • Information on access to work (financial and equipment support for employers)
  • On-going support to employers and disabled employees.

 

Get in touch

If you are experiencing difficulty in finding work or would like to update your skills or qualifications, call us on 0121 558 5555 or send us an email with your details and we will be in touch.

 

Are you an employer?

We can support you to employ disabled people

Ideal for All specialise in providing employers with information and advice on recruitment, training, and in-work support for disabled employees. Do let us know about work experience, volunteering or work taster opportunities you might be able to offer our clients. Get in touch with our Employment & Skills Team by email or call 0121 558 5555.

 

Useful links for employers

  • Business Disability Forum - resources and pragmatic support for businesses
  • Disability Confident – new government scheme that supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

 

Thanking our funders

Ideal for All's Employment and Skills service is part funded by: 

BRIDGES - a Building Better Opportunities project managed by Steps to Work, jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. 

Family Matters - a Building Better Opportunities project managed by the Black Country Together CIC in partnership with 16 local organisations across the Black Country, jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

Black Country Futures - The aim of the Black Country Futures project (BCF) is to support people aged 16+ and although all inclusive, prioritises support to the most isolated and disadvantaged in the Black Country.

This includes over 50s, BAME, people with mental and physical health conditions and disabilities as well as people on zero hours contracts or at risk of redundancy. The project offers a multi-faceted approach to address individual needs in a holistic manner.

Support will include elements of social inclusion, volunteering, employment and skills development, healthy living, and support with benefits. Support will be through 1-1, small group face-to-face and digital sessions. This is not an exhaustive list. Visit website

 


View
Case Study



Find out more about Gerry
Opening quotation mark image I regularly attend the jobclub and employability sessions. The staff are lovely and very helpful. They support me with jobsearching and have taught me lots of things including how to use universal jobsmatch. They are also helpful in explaining any updates and changes to the welfare system and how this affects us. It’s more than just running through the basics."