Pathways to Employment is a journey. It isn't a quick fix; instead it is a programme of support that helps people develop skills and build confidence so that ultimately they are able to find a route back into employment.
There are four stages of the programme, all tailored to the needs and aspirations of the individual.
Each client is assigned a key worker when they move into a St Mungo's hostel who will organise an Occupational Health Check within three weeks of their arrival. This is a meeting between the key worker and the client in which they discuss the client's skills and aspirations, and define the steps necessary before the client can be ready for work. An individual plan is agreed between the client and key worker.
The client is then referred to a member of the Pathways to Employment team, who spend two days a week at each of the five hostels participating in the programme. A wide range of activities, including literacy, numeracy and IT training are available to help participants increase their skill levels and move closer to eventual employment. Many courses can lead to a recognised qualification.
Clients can also take part in external activities such as volunteering and gardening work. This helps build self-confidence that will help with job applications. The Pathways team will help individuals with their search for full or part time employment.
The client finds a job! However, the Pathways to Employment programme doesn't end there. Clients are supported throughout the early stages of their employment, for example with financial assistance for transport costs.