What is the World of Work Academy?
World of Work Academy is a new initiative to give unemployed people who live in our homes a helping hand to find a job. It is a step-by-step programme which can help build up your skills with the support of friendly staff in our team, or other teams who work with us.
You can gain work experience on the scheme without worrying about losing your benefits. Your payments will not be affected until you are sure you want to move into a paid position. If you do move to a paid role, the Jobcentre Plus staff will help you make the switch between benefits and a salary.
The World of Work Academy includes:
• Work Experience Placements - These are unpaid and will not affect your benefits. The time you spend working is flexible, between 16-30 hours a week. Placements last up to eight weeks and are a great way to try out different types of job and to help build your skills so you have more to offer an employer.
• ‘Support and Learn' Jobs - These are PAID 6-month contracts within St Leger Homes. As well as earning a wage you will be given lots of support to build up your skills.
• Apprenticeships – These are for one or more years and will give you the chance to learn new skills through supported, work-based training. You will be paid and you will gain an NVQ Level 2 or above.
• General Employment Assistance - If you join the scheme you will be helped with CV writing, Job searching and applications and interview practice. And as the WOW team are advised of potential job and training opportunities, we will pass this information onto you to increase your chances of finding meaningful employment.
The service we provide is free and as the programme is flexible and supported by the Job Centre, we will tailor assistance to match your needs and requirements.
Once you have registered with us, we will get in touch and start to look at the options available. Most people will attend a short course at Doncaster College and then decide on their next steps. General employment help can be offered at any stage and meetings can be held in your local community.
Please click on the World of Work opportunities page for details of upcoming courses.
Already, the WOW Academy has helped many tenants into work with others improving their skills and chances of employment. Why not apply and see what we can do for you.
To register for the World of Work Academy please click here