ENABLE Works are delighted to announce our Women Returners programme, Reignite, for women looking to get back into employment in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh and Perth and Kinross.
Reignite will deliver a personalised, consistent, high quality, end-to-end support service for women looking to return to work.
Participants will be able to engage on the programme in local community hubs where they live and feel comfortable and our dedicated and experienced staff will discuss any disability or health condition, during programme induction, so that specific support needs can be planned for.
Participants will engage weekly with their dedicated Employment Coordinator predominantly in a 121 setting. They will develop a personalised Learning Plan that will set out goals for programme engagement and will help guide activity and positive progress.
The programme will start however with an 8-week programme of groupwork. This groupwork will create a social support network, which will add to their confidence and motivation to make a positive transition back into work.
8-week Groupwork programme:
- Week 1 – Look back at careers, skills and experiences, steps needed to get back to work and prepare and motivate participants to make the change.
- Week 2 – Self-reflection and personal presentation. Work on social media presence.
- Week 3 – Research local labour market and particular sector of interest.
- Week 4 – Review flexible and agile working options and their legal entitlements.
- Week 5 – Plan for life changes that accompany returning to work. Consider work-life balance, time management, how to manage responsibilities, and identify solutions.
- Week 6 – Understand the support available to them when in work and the positive impact a strong circle of support can have.
- Week 7 – Develop skills in locating and applying for work. CV and application work.
- Week 8 – Develop a Learning Plan, with SMART goals to assist a successful return.
Ongoing personalised support will then continue a weekly basis to continue progress towards individual goals.
Activities at this phase may include work placements; time-limited volunteering; introduction to local education providers; short college courses; training and skills development activities; and ongoing group sessions.
Participants will receive support with job applications, CV development and interview preparation. Where necessary, the Employment Coordinator will also work with employers to negotiate adjustments to their recruitment process to ensure it is accessible. On achieving employment, the Employment Coordinator will be there to ensure the participant successfully settles into their new role. They can offer support to them and their employer throughout the induction and training stage and continued coaching beyond this point if they feel they need it.