What a month August has been here at Get Set UK! It’s been non-stop with programme launches, a new-look website, free training opportunities and lots of success stories across the business.
We have successfully launched two major new programmes. The Skills for Londoners programme, delivered by our sister company TheLightBulb, launched on the 1st of August, offering free training courses to Londoners aged 19+. The Home Office’s Refugee Employability Programme (REP), which provides vital support to help refugees find work and settle in their local community, launched on the 1st September. We also updated our website with a new look, made it more interactive, easier to navigate and added new features, including accessibility tools.
Our specialist Employment Advisors have been busy providing one-to-one support, tailored advice, guidance, and support to help every participant that visits us, either in one of our offices or online, to find new opportunities, whether it’s a training course, an event, or a new job. In August they have helped 244 secure a job bringing the total number of people we have placed into long-term employment to over 2,400.
September looks to be just as busy for us. You can keep up to date with what’s happening on our social channels.
Team Get Set UK
Introducing our new look websites!
We are thrilled to kick off this month’s newsletter with some exciting news: the launch of our new websites! With a new look and feel and user-friendly design, we have made it easier for learners, employers, and partners to explore our services and connect with our team at both Get Set UK (www.getsetuk.co.uk) and our skills division, TheLightBulb (www.thelightbulbapprenticeships.com).
With improved navigation, enhanced content, and responsive design, the new sites are more engaging, easier to navigate and includes new features…
📣 Accessibility – we’re using new software from Recite Me, to allow the browser to tailor their website experience. Simply click on the ‘Accessibility’ button to read out text, change the font size, change the colour theme, change the language and much more.
🔎 Search functionality – quickly and easily search the website for content you are looking for.
💻 Dedicated employability areas – bespoke areas of the site where Learners and Employers can quickly find the information relevant to them.
👥Employment programmes – new contract wins added including REP (Refugee Employability Programme) and our Free Training for Londoners programme delivered by our sister company TheLightBulb.
📌Interactive map – get instant directions to your chosen office locations along with direct phone numbers that you can call straight from your mobile phone.
Have a browse of our new websites today and let us know what you think.
Doors are now open for the new Refugee Employability Programme across the East of England#
Just over two weeks ago, we opened our doors across the East of England to welcome our first individuals to the Refugee Employability Programme (REP). This new programme backed by the Home Office, is a fully funded service designed to enhance mainstream support already provided to refugees to help them integrate and become self-sufficient at a faster rate. Get Set UK will be supporting individuals across the East of England, with the support of our partner, Reed in Partnership.
We’ve spent the last few months preparing for the launch of the programme and networking with the many organisations, charities and community groups that already provide support to refugees across the region. Our services are designed to complement these services and support the existing infrastructure already in place to help these in-need individuals.
The key benefits of the new service will mean more refugees gain sustainable employment or create self-employment and will be able to integrate into their local communities, at a faster rate. This service is tailored to the individual’s needs to help guarantee long-lasting impact and will include back-into-employment support, English language support (ESOL) and access to community integration support. We will also offer advice and guidance to those who wish to pursue self-employment in the UK.
This programme draws on Get Set UK’s expertise in providing opportunities for those in need; our personal one-to-one approach focuses on the individual’s needs and tailors the guidance and training to meet those needs.
Thomas Harley FIEP FRSA, CEO of Get Set UK said: “Get Set UK have one goal with this scheme; provide opportunity to those who need it most. The Refugee Employability Programme is focused on helping refugees rebuild their lives. When refugees leave their home nations, they do not leave behind qualifications, education, career goals or ambition. We want this group of people to embrace our services and allow us to help them find training and employment that suits their individual needs. We are here to give them knowledge and confidence to thrive in the UK and support their local community.”
Restart Scheme made Liliana “Happy again”
The Restart Scheme continues to give people who have been out of work the support they need to retrain and gain employment. Alongside the Maximus team, our specialist Employment Advisors work with individuals to coach them back into employment and help break down barriers that may be holding them back from finding a job.
Liliana Tudor, 47 and a student, joined the Restart Scheme at our Walthamstow office. Having been unemployed for a year, Liliana was struggling to pay her bills and find childcare, she felt embarrassed about the position she was in and wanted help with her job search. Her Employment Advisor, Qasim Karim, spent time with Liliana to assess her needs and find out what barriers she was facing.
Qasim enrolled Liliana onto a number of workshops to boost her confidence and arranged several interviews for suitable jobs. Providing help for our participants is much more than just finding them a job; we provide additional wrap around support and spend time finding new ways to build their confidence. Qasim provided advice on finances and budgeting and helped Liliana find suitable books to support her studies. After arranging an interview with a cleaning company, Liliana finally secured the job she had been hoping for. Qasim’s help didn’t just end there, when Liliana struggled with childcare after becoming employed, Qasim found a school holiday club for her children to attend so Liliana could still go to work.
Liliana commented: “Qasim is the best advisor. I sit here in tears writing this as he has helped me get a job and find childcare. He has given me a reason to be happy again.”
Liliana’s story is just one example of how impactful the Restart Scheme and our advisors are when helping people in their back-to-work journey.
Our Sister company, TheLightBulb, delivered their first free training course funded by the Adult Education Budget
We welcomed several groups of eager participants, across three of our London sites, all ready to start their journey towards a Customer Service role and gaining a City & Guilds employer recognised certificate with the goal of boosting their employability and skills to help them gain a job in the Hospitality and Customer Service Industry.
This Customer Service course proved really popular with our London learners and was focused on giving them a solid understanding of effective processes, practical ways in how to manage conflict, general problem-solving skills and also offered guidance on the important qualities required to be successful in this sector.
On completing the course, they have gained a City & Guilds recognised certificate and practical, transferable skills which employers are looking for in prospective candidates. This means they can now look at job opportunities in Hospitality, Retail, Hotel Front of House, Insurance, Banking and Call Centre Support.
Alex Mansfield, one of the course tutors commented: “The learners were very engaged, eager to share and quickly got to know each other after a few ice breakers. Everybody completed their work in the course time frame and are now keen to progress job opportunities.”
Creating a safe environment with ESOL Cafe Classes
We like to do things differently at Get Set UK and offer services that suit our learners’ needs. Our Walthamstow office is running a weekly ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Café Class. Wahida Jahan, one of our Employment Advisors, is hosting personalised sessions for individuals with limited English language, combined with a lack of self-esteem and confidence.
Wahida has created a safe space which focuses on work-related activities including job searching and help with job applications. These sessions not only help our learners look for work; they also allow them to put into practice their verbal and written communication skills and meet other people in similar positions. Weekly homework challenges are provided as part of the sessions which include mock job applications and essential spellings allowing our learners to do independent work-related activities.
These learners have really bonded and now call themselves the ESOL Family! We have had three successful job starts from these weekly workshops already. Well done Wahida and the Walthamstow ESOL Family.
Job opportunities are flying at Camberwell
Our Camberwell office have been busy finding jobs for participants from the Restart Scheme, ran in partnership with FEDCAP. Holly Robinson and Ifraan Jabbar both secured a new job with the help of our Employment Advisors.
Holly, 22 years old, didn’t have a CV, was struggling to find a job and was awaiting a health assessment. Her Employment Advisor, Rajani Karthik, helped her create a CV to highlight her skills and experience and provided her with support on her finances. Holly received help applying for a job, securing an interview, and applying for a necessary DBS. When Holly rang to say she’s got the job, Rajani also helped her sort her new uniform to ensure she was ready for her new challenge.
Ifraan, 35 years old, had graduated from university and was struggling to find a role in the aeronautical industry. He was feeling unconfident and wanted help to improve his professionalism. Starting on the Restart Scheme, Ifraan was supported by Temitayo Oluwayomi in confidence building and attended a soft skills workshop to support his personal development. Ifraan secured a dream job at Aerfin, as an Aircraft Part Inspector.
These success stories are a great illustration of how our team of Get Setters help people into employment every day, by providing dedicated support, tailored advice, and by using fresh methods.