Today, April 15, is UK Employability Day, highlighting the work of organisations which help jobseekers to move towards or into work. Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), the day is being celebrated by employment support providers up and down the UK, such as local provider Prospects, who provide the Work Programme helping people who are long term unemployed across the South West.
Celebrations kicked off in Taunton today with the announcement of three people gaining jobs before 9.30 am. Employers joined the celebration, and staff were able to showcase the work they do to support job seekers in to work.
One of the activities taking place today was a group session creating vision boards. A vision board is a collage of images and headlines that represents goals and dreams. Each board reflects the creator’s personality, interests, likes and desires. Loretta Brown, who runs the vision board session is keen to share the benefits of this inspirational activity. She comments: “It is so rare we give ourselves permission to be creative or take the time to absorb ourselves in a single and enjoyable task.”
After each board is created the group explain them to the group. This is a challenging activity for people who have low confidence and self esteem. One group member, Sam, commented: “Before I came along this morning I didn’t think this sort of thing would help, but it really did.”
Sam’s board reflected her goals of making her little girl proud, creating a retirement fund and beating depression. Loretta ended the session by reminding everyone how they could achieve their goals.
Employability Day is being celebrated by employment support providers opening their doors in over 65 centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Notes to Editor
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.
Employability Day has been coordinated by ERSA, the Employment Related Services Association. ERSA is the representative body for those delivering or with an interest in employment support services. ERSA’s membership spans the private, voluntary and public sectors and ranges from large multi-nationals through to small specialist charities. It has over 220 members, including all prime contractors of the Work Programme and a high number of subcontractors. The majority of its members are not for profit.
Alona de Havilland
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