Stepping Stones back into employment for Horndean jobseekers
Horndean jobhunters can take the steps they need to find employment with a new programme that gives them the skills for the workplace.
The Stepping Stones scheme, run by Horndean Community Association, gives local people the experience, guidance and qualities that will help them succeed in the job market. The 12-week course, which can cater for eight people at a time, has been supported by a £500 grant from East Hampshire District Council.
Horndean Community Association Manager, Brendan Charles, said: “During the course the volunteers work with a mentor and we find out what they need to get them back to work. That might be confidence, interview technique, time management or IT skills.
“The programe will work with, and support other, jobseeking projects set up around the area in a common effort to try to ensure employment, training and experience opportunities for those who need them to get them back into the workplace.” The association is also working hand-in-hand with Highbury College who can offer some of their training resources to those taking part.
Money has been secured for four 12-week Stepping Stones programmes. If these are successful it is hoped the model will be rolled out to other community associations around Hampshire. EHDC’s grant was approved by the Community Forum for the Horndean area. Cllr Sara Schillemore, Chairman of the forum, said: “I congratulate Horndean Community Association for putting this scheme together. It gives people looking for work access to the skills they need to get back onto the employment ladder and I am delighted that we have been able to play our part in making it happen.”
There are three more Stepping Stones programmes to be held during the year. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Horndean Community Association on 023 9259 7114 or book online at http://www.merchistounhall.co.uk.
If you would like a grant for your organisation or project then get in touch with East Hampshire District Council on 01730 234107.
Photo: L-R Steve Dawson, Mento, Michelle Tee, Mentor, Cllr Sara Schmillemore, Sue Bonner, Higbury College, Brendan Charles, Horndean Community Association Manager