News for January 2020

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    No one left behind: Venture Trust supporting more people into work and training

    Venture Trust’s employability team is launching a series of sessions in Glasgow to further support people get into work, training, education and volunteering.

    Employability officer Chelsea Hill said this was part of the sustained support for the organisation’s participants.

    “We are offering all Venture Trust participants to drop in to one of our 'Job Clubs' every Wednesday for additional support. We’re providing support and guidance with finding work as well as helping participants apply for jobs, access training, education and volunteering opportunities.

    “We’ll also be offering various seminars on things like CV writing, interview techniques, disclosing convictions and more.”

    Venture Trust has been leading the way on intensive personal development programmes for people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

    After completing one of our core programmes data shows 75% of participants have improved their employability skills and 80% have increased confidence.

    We also offer a specialised employability programme for young people facing hardship and disadvantage in Scotland who have completed one of our programmes or meet the criteria for direct referral.

    The Cashback Change Cycle programme has proven to be successful in providing a pathway into work, study or training.

    In the first two years of the programme Venture Trust has worked across 17 Scottish local authorities and engaged 116 young people facing complex life challenges. Of the participants who completed the programme, 94% of participants have reported an increase in skills, 98% participants have achieved accredited learning and 65% of participants have moved into positive destinations including employment, education and training.

    However, for some of our participants further support may be needed. This is where the Job Club will make a difference.

    “These seminars are designed to target specific areas that we have identified as potential barriers that individuals are facing – from lack of a CV, ineffective job search skills, inexperience with interview techniques, to how they handle disclosing their convictions,” Chelsea said.

    The Employability Team is also looking to establish Edinburgh based sessions in the near future.

    If you are a current Venture Trust participant in Phase 3 of our core programmes or completed our employability programmes such as Change Cycle or Venture Together and are looking for extra support getting into work, education or training speak to your Outreach Worker or get in touch with the Employability Team at changecycleinfo@venturetrust.org.uk

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    Venture Trust now a Living Wage organisation

    Venture Trust is proud to announce the organisation has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

    Here at Venture Trust we support people struggling with many and complex issues, outside mainstream support and unemployed, or who may have never been in employment.

    A significant focus of our support is to equip people to be ‘job ready’, able to access mainstream support, open to further learning and more able to sustain employment to earn a decent standard of living. So they can move beyond ‘getting by’ or struggling in poverty.

    Following our commitment to ensure those we support move away from poverty and hardship, we also want to make sure our staff are paid fairly.

    Venture Trust chief executive officer Amelia Morgan said: “Paying the Scottish Living Wage is an important step forward for Venture Trust. We are delighted to have achieved accreditation. As a charity, the Scottish Living Wage makes sense, it reflects our commitment to living our values of caring for people. We want to be able to pay all our staff a wage which helps them thrive in life.”

    Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Venture Trust receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. A rate significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.

    In Scotland, nearly a fifth of all jobs (17%) pay less than the real Living Wage - around 380,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

    Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Venture Trust has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

    “They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Venture Trust, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

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