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Plymouth

Tomorrow’s People has been providing employment information, advice and guidance to Plymouth residents since 1996.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice to anyone over the age of 18, whether they are in or out of work or receiving benefits. We help people with careers decisions and planning, support them in reviewing their skills and abilities, develop new goals, motivate people to implement their plan of action and enable them to make the best use of high quality career related tools.

Personal Mentoring Network

The aim of this project is to provide individually tailored packages of support with a personal mentor for young people aged 18-24 who have been unemployed for more than 3 months. The individual support packages last up to 4 hours a week for up to 12 weeks to help participants find their way into employment, with a further period of in-work support available if they gain employment. The support will vary from individual to individual but will always be about employment preparation and exploring new opportunities that they may not have previously considered.

Work Programme

The Work Programme is the Government's major programme to support people who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of becoming so. Now in its sixth year, the Work Programme is for people who need intensive support to find work, either because they have been out of work for a year, or they have other needs, for example, if they have been in prison. Participants will get the help that is right for them, for example one-to-one support, mentoring, vocational training, work placements and aftercare.

People can only be referred to the support Work Programme provides through Jobcentre Plus – a person cannot refer themselves. The Work Programme replaces previous welfare-to-work programmes such as the New Deal, Employment Zones and Flexible New Deal.

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Nicola's story

Nicola Collard says her dad left home when she was too young to remember him. She was bullied at school for being overweight and went to five different schools in four years.

As a teenager she met a man who started her on crack cocaine, and a career of crime to fund her habit followed.

While trying to wean herself off drugs, she heard about Tomorrow’s People and successfully applied to join a Working It Out course in Plymouth.

In her own words: “It helped me so much. When I was given the team leader role it gave me a real confidence boost.”

Nicola recently achieved the major milestone of being clean of drugs for a year. She joined Ocean Quay, a drugs rehabilitation centre, as a temporary volunteer, and so impressed her employers they asked her to stay on.

 She now mentors prison leavers helping them back in to a positive routine. After 20 years, she also traced her father and is establishing a relationship with him for the first time.

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Nigel's story

Nigel Birt worked as a chef and commis-chef for more than 20 years. He worked for leading employers, but could never hold down a job because of his recurring, and serious, addiction problems.

When he started with Tomorrow’s People his aim was to become free of drugs and to keep a job long-term. Working alongside the Bristol Drugs Project, Tomorrow’s People helped to put together a CV, bought Nigel a suit and covered travel costs for him to attend interviews.

Finally the chance came to take part in a five-day work trial. He was on the 7am bus, and he got the job.

It led to a full-time position with an employer, Sodexo, who is committed to helping him gain qualifications to back up his extensive experience.

His employer says: “Nigel has been a great addition to our team and we look forward to developing his career here.”

Since getting work Nigel has been able to rent a flat, giving him a secure base. He has a place for his son and he is able to help care for his father, who had been ill.

A year on, he says, "My job is still going really well. I now run the kitchen and I am hoping to move further on up in the future. I have completed my NVQ and hopefully will be starting my level 3 pretty soon."