Outreach East Project 2016-2018
Outreach East is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the London Councils Grants Committee, which will engage economically inactive and long term unemployed people resident in Barking and Dagenham. It’s specific focus is on:
- People from ethnic groups with low labour market participation rates
- Women facing barriers to employment
- Parents with long term work limiting health conditions
- People with mental health needs
- Homelessness and/or recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction or misuse
The project provides support to improve the employability, health, life skills, financial and social inclusion of participants through the delivery of targeted outreach initial diagnostic assessment, action planning, personalised 1-1 information, advice and guidance, soft, vocational and functional skills, IT and/or ESOL training, work placements and access to job vacancies with support for up to 26 weeks when in work. Alternatively it provides support in accessing further education or training.
To be eligible for the project you must be:
- 19 or over
- Not on the Work Programme or similar mainstream programme
- Not in work
- Eligible to live and work in the UK (for a further 3+ years)
Additionally you should be either:
- Under 25 - Unemployed for more than 6 months continuously
- 25 and over - Unemployed more than 12 months continuously
- Economically Inactive (looking after family and home, in part-time education, long-term sickness or retired but desiring to work)
Do you need help to find a job?
You will get a minimum of 6.5hrs of support in the following:
- Support to gain a great CV
- Training and exam preparation for Maths and English
- Qualifications in Food Safety L2 OR Health and Safety (with Care) L2
- Help with interview techniques, including mock interviews
- Work experience (in a variety of the settings listed below in ‘employer vacancies’)
- Access to employer vacancies (predominantly in house vacancies in our kitchen, reception, nurseries, maintenance department or Job2Do agency)
- Progression Routes into other course
Please bring the following proof:
- Evidence of residence address within Barking and Dagenham within 3 months prior to enrolment (a utility bill, bank statement, council tax letter, for example);
- Right to live/work in the UK (British passport/ ILR document or if limited with an expiry date greater than 36months/3 years from the date you register)
- Employment status 3rd party verification. This is a form that needs to be signed by a professional that knows you or by a National Careers Service advisor on completing registration and CV training with them. This is organised by Harmony House..
"This project has been a really blessing to me. I have been so happy to work here as I was wondering how I would get back into work after such a long time at home.
The staff there have been very flexible when my son’s afternoon classes changed days and times, working with me and other staff to change rotas and timetables to make it possible for me to continue doing all my shifts.
I would like to get a job as a school dinner lady and my time here has helped my confidence and experience working with both food and with children."
"I would definitely recommend anyone looking for training and some work in one of the fields I’m working in here to come in and sign up for this project. It’s made a real difference to me and my family and I know it would to others too!” .
This project has been a really blessing to me. On the one hand I am so happy to have found a place to learn and work that is so close to my children’s school. I remember wondering how, with all my life challenges and the fact I hadn’t worked before, I would find my way into the world of work. I have been very pleased that Harmony House made this opportunity available to me."