Graduation day for the Employment Support Programme at YSS

Clients reported an average of 66% increase in employability due to the experience gained through the project.

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IMG_20160331_133604The Employment Support Programme (ESP) Graduation wasIMG_20160331_134541 held at Carden Street,  and the event was a huge success, with 14 individuals who had worked on the project attending  to be presented with their completer pack and certificate; along with external partners, YSS staff and volunteers.

 David Andrewartha, YSS Operations Manager, said “The graduation was an opportunity to give ourselves a pat on the back for what we have achieved.  A lot of hard work has gone in to the Employment Support Programme making it the success it is today. The atmosphere in the room was fantastic, everyone reminiscing on what has been achieved over the past 12 months.”

esp__0000_19Mark Steadman, YSS Senior Key worker, who  led this project  added “It’s great to see the changes being made by the students, finding jobs, placements, training and college courses. I am proud of everyone on ESP.” “Over 100 people have started and received support from the project. The programme has offered many courses including successes in Lifeline’s Emergency First Aid at Work. We have helped referrals from various agencies including the Warwickshire  and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company, Swanswell and Job Centre Plus.”

An independent Social Return on Investment (SROI) report showed a return of £9.35 for every £1 invested in YSS’s Employment Support Programme!

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Here are some  feedback from  those who took part :

“I love meeting new people, getting to know their characters and feeling part of something good!”

esp__0003_22“It’s nice to have the opportunity to talk about issues affecting us outside of the programme, mental health support is rarely available.”

“ESP allows us to focus on something positive, it breaks up the week and gives us a sense of achievement.”

“I enjoy having the opportunity to make something from scratch, follow plans and the sense of achievement at the end of it.”

“Woodwork has helped me think what I want in life for a job.”esp__0009_10

“Using computers with ESP helped build my skills and learn how to apply for jobs.”

esp__0011_12“Steve and Ebony were both very helpful with my work experience in the cafe.”

“Susie is down to earth; she talks to us at our level and makes things happen.”

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“Fixing and repairing old furniture is a great experience. The end results are absolutely amazing!”

“The sense of achievement when a student finishes a piece of work is fantastic.”

“Hopefully we have provided each individual with the support required to make positive changes to their lives.”

IMG_20160331_134604We are  very  proud of the outcomes from the project:

  • Service users attributed an average of 66% of their progress to the experience gained through the project.
  • Service users reported an average of 44% increase in confidence due to the experience gained through the project.
  • Graduates of ESP have gone on to find work at places such as Sainsburys, B&M, Diglis Hotel and even YSS itself!
  • ESP offers support from many different agencies including The Princes Trust, Worcester Food bank and the NHS.

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Not forgetting the staff and volunteers:

esp__0008_27Volunteers on ESP are exceptional. They are committed, enthusiastic and INVALUABLE.”  commented Carole Blake , YSS Senior Volunteer Coordinator.

“ESP would not run as smoothly without the dedication and hard work from the many volunteers that dedicate their time to the students.”

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“The staff team on ESP have been fantastic, Mike, Susie, Lois and Steve have all gone above and beyond to help out.”

WELL DONE YSS !

YSS would like to thank The Department for Work and Pensions for funding the Employment Support Programme.

Graduation time:  Congratulations to all

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