The Work Ready Programme
“The Learning Revolution Trust is a great worthwhile cause that I wish was around during my years in education. Everyone no matter of the hardships they face should have the chance to learn and develop.”
– Chairman, Lloyd johnson
The Work Ready Programme is aimed at the following students who have successfully completed their course and are:
- studying at the college’s Work Lab and have been unemployed for at least 6 months
- aged 16-24 and are progressing to an apprenticeship or traineeship
- Starting an apprenticeship being delivered by the college
Financial support can be used to support the following expenses:
- Travel – A person in receipt of “out of work benefits” can approach their Job Coach at the JC+ for help with travel costs for employment purposes however this is discretionary and if successful they will only pay one week`s travel. The Work Ready Initiative will provide a 1 month Oyster card for their required zones. This will help with cash flow and budgeting as most people will need to work a month in hand before receiving any salary.
- Lunch vouchers – As above this will help with cash flow and budgeting as new employees will need to work a month in hand before receiving any salary. No money is available from JC+ for this provision.
- Childcare – There may be funding available from JC+ for help with childcare costs however some people are not in receipt of benefit and therefore would not be eligible for this support.
- Specialist equipment – the Work Ready Initiative can assist towards meeting the costs of any necessary equipment, such as specialist tools and PPE.
- Sector Specific Certification – Many students do have the necessary regulated qualification for their chosen area of employment. Nearly all regulated qualifications are not government funded. For example: a first aid certificate; food hygiene certificate; a CSCS card to work in construction; a DBS check to prepare work in the Health Care or education sectors.
- Clothing Vouchers – Many people do not have and cannot afford clothes which are suitable for an interview or work. The Initiative funding could be used towards the cost of a suitable outfit for interview or even just a shirt and tie, a pair of shoes. Vouchers could also be used to access the college`s Beauty and Hairdressing department for pre interview makeovers.