IF YOU LIVE IN AN ASPIRE HOUSING PROPERTY, ARE AGED OVER 16,
OUR EXPERIENCED AND SPECIALLY TRAINED STAFF CAN SUPPORT YOU IN A NUMBER OF WAYS
TO OVERCOME BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT THROUGH ADVICE, TRAINING AND VOLUNTEERING.    

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CV WRITING 

Your CV is designed to do one thing, get you an interview. It is crucial to stand out from the crowd. Our team can help you create a CV and show off your skills!

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CONFIDENCE BUILDING 

We will give you support with confidence building. This is key to attending interviews and gaining employment. Ask us about our workshops.

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JOB SEARCHING 

We will help you to search for jobs online including providing support to prepare for and attend interviews with top tips and techniques.

SEE MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO

CONNECTING CHOICES 

Connecting-choices-logo-MASTER-April-2017-v2-002-002-150x150The Connecting Choices ESF-funded project aims to provide holistic support for disadvantaged people who are not in work.

Connecting Choices covers areas of: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Chesterton, Holdich, Silverdale, Parksite, Cross Heath and Kidsgrove.

The project aims to:

Improve social inclusion, confidence, access to childcare, money management, employment opportunities and more...

The project will work with unemployed and/or economically inactive people:

  • Unemployed is those who are claiming JSA or UC (AWRR Group)
  • Inactive (economically inactive- are those who are claiming ESA, IS, UC (WFI or Work Prep Group), Carer’s Allowance or not in receipt of benefits

 

1-2-1 SUPPORT

Connecting Choices Personal Coaches can offer:

  • 1:1 and group Coaching
  • Training
  • Digital skills
  • Job Search
  • Personal development
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Financial inclusion
  • Self-employment
  • Signposting/advocacy with existing services
  • Volunteering and work placements
  • Into-work transition

CONTACT OUR EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS TEAM 

Contact the Employment & Skills Team below:

  • Sharon Knight – Personal Coach –  07818 037284
  • Gary McNally – Personal Coach
  • Lisa Tien – Personal Coach – 07818035633
  • Kay Cleary – Personal Coach – 07717291164

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My grades from school are bad, can I still get a job?

Most jobs do require grades in Maths and English of 4-9, equivalent to a C and above. We can give you the support to get your grades though so there's no need to worry. Even if you require childcare we can give you support and advice.

I've had mental health issues in the past will I be supported?

We support everyone who comes through our door with mental health. We want to be able to support you into a job which you are comfortable with, something that will help you open more doors for continued opportunity. Even when we do help you to achieve job success we are still here if you need us.

I've lost my job and I'm suffering financially, I don't know what to do...

If you are an Aspire Housing customer you may get referred to us through the Money Advice Team. We can make sure you have an up-to-date CV and get you into another job in no time.

I'm nervous about job interviews, I don't know what to expect?

There is nothing to be nervous about! We will go through what will be asked in an interview, chances are most employers just want to get to know you as a person first! We have loads of top tips for interviews so we know you can go with your head held high, full of confidence! 

CONTACT A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM

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The Connecting Choices programme is managed by Ixion Holdings, part of Shaw Trust. We believe in fairness, equality, and opportunity, and helping to build a future where rewarding employment is accessible for all.

‘This project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.’

The BBO project has received £300 million of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.