Our main programmes in Plymouth are the adult back-to-work initiative the Work Programme and our bespoke youth development, training and work experience project, Working it Out. In addition, we help adults into work through the Plymouth Workroute scheme.
Working It Out
Working It Out is a ten-week programme for young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, work or training. The programme will give you confidence and motivation and get you ready for work or training.
You will learn to work as a team, take responsibility and gain new skills. We will also help you write your CV, practise interview skills and complete applications for jobs or college. You will work on a community challenge as part of a team. Working on a challenge is a chance to find out what you are good at and show an employer what you can do.
Working It Out has been running in Plymouth for five years and we've supported over 260 young people into work, training or back into education. Since 2007, 70% of participants have got a job or training place and 15% have taken up further education courses.
If you live in Plymouth, you can join the Working It Out programme by contacting the local team.
Moneywise is a debt advice and financial management service we offer to people living in the North Prospect area of Plymouth. This programme can help you to manage your money, reschedule your debts and find work.
The Work Programme is the Government's major programme to support people who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of becoming so.
The Work Programme is for you if you need intensive support to find work, either because you have been out of work for a year, or if you have other needs, for example, you have been in prison. You will get the help that is right for you, for example one-to-one support, mentoring, vocational training, work placements and aftercare.
You can only be referred to the support Work Programme provides through Jobcentre Plus - you cannot refer yourself. The Work Programme replaces previous welfare-to-work programmes such as the New Deal, Employment Zones and Flexible New Deal.
If you would like to find out more please contact:
Our Plymouth Team
Telephone: 017 5267 2200
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.
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."