Want to Work
With unemployment at a 17-year high, Albion in the Community is working with partners in the private, public and voluntary sector across Sussex to help people across the region back into work and training.
Launched, in November 2011 alongside main partner American Express, and building on AITC’s existing employment and training schemes, the ‘Want to Work’ project has already signed up over 60 local businesses to work with local unemployed people. offering a range of work placement and training opportunities aimed at getting them back into employment.
The project offers four levels of employment opportunity from the ‘Introduction to Work’, a half-day experience where a job seeker can learn about a company, speak to senior employees or have a tour of their premises right through to a six month employment contract based on an initial, paid work trial. By signing up to the project companies can cut down on recruitment costs by gaining access to potential employees and choose to take up a range of corporate matchday packages and marketing opportunities with the Albion and AITC. Companies involved in the project are also providing work masterclass training sessions to job hunters in areas such as customer service, negotiation skills, social media, and CV and letter writing.
Since the launch of the project five unemployed people have graduated through the Want to Work programme and gone on into full time employment and 21 others are currently engaged in various work placements with participating companies. Want to Work also gained national acclaim in December 2011 when the Sky News cameras paid a visit to the Amex Stadium to speak to AITC Joint Managing Director, Alan Sanders and other people involved in the project
Want to Work’s Carl Southwell is delighted with the impact the project has had so far:
“The number of job seekers entering the programme is growing daily and we are really encouraged with the amount of companies that have signed up since we launched the project. We would love to hear from other businesses who would give a work experience opportunity to a job seeker by signing up to the programme. Our aim is to sign up 100 companies by the end of 2012
Whether you are job seeker looking to get back into work or a business looking to get involved with Want to Work please contact Carl Southwell at email@example.com for more information.
February 2013 update
Want to Work now incorporates two other emplotment initiatives; Albion Goals and Sports Dreams.
Albion Goals uses football as a positive activity to engage and inspire unemployed 16-19 year olds who are living in deprived areas and supported housing to take steps into training, qualifications and work. Our partners have provided significant funding towards the projects which gives residents the opportunity to take part in free football sessions led by Albion in the Community’s qualified Football Association coaches. The weekly football sessions give those involved not just the opportunity to improve their football skills but more importantly increase their confidence and self-esteem. Following the course, those involved are referred onto training and gain recognised qualifications leading to pathways back to work. Over 50% of the unemployed young people and adults we work with have found work through Albion Goals.
159 employment outcomes – part-time and full-time 426 participants in 2012
Funded by local company Family Investment, the charity sports shop – the first of its kind in the country – has now been open three years and sells second-hand sports clothing and equipment, promoting sport at all levels and allowing everyone to play more and pay less. Uniquely, Sports Dreams also provides opportunities for volunteers, providing a stepping stone into part- or full-time work and further education.
16 work experience placements 15 employment outcomes – part-time and full-time 7 apprenticeships 17 people on to further education and university
Want to Work
34 people have found full-time employment 35 masterclasses delivered by local business expertise Over 120 work experience placements.