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Support for unemployed people

Supporting local people back to work

Hackney Community College offers a number of programmes that support people with the skills they need to get back to work. As well as the mainstream college courses that you can search for on this site, we work closely with agencies such as Job Centre Plus to put in place short, focused courses to help unemployed people to get back into work. Most of these are delivered by our sister training company View Training.

Case study: Kevin's back on track for a great future

Kevin Baudrier was out of work for six months before he got his job at a corporate events management catering outlet with the help of Hackney Community College. “I was really worried because there was a new baby on the way,” says the 23 year-old father of two, who is now really enjoying serving customers. “I’m learning new things every day here, about new types of food and ways of doing things.”

Kevin made over 100 job applications, after he lost his job after suffering an accident. By the time his Job Centre Plus (JCP) adviser had referred Kevin to the college, he had very low self-esteem …. but was clearly keen to find work.

He joined a Skills Conditionality and Work-Related Activity Group programme – in plainer language, this means that his adviser at the Job Centre had matched him to a programme that would meet his skills needs.

An important feature of Hackney Community College’s service is that the college works with employers who recruit exclusively though the programme. “We provided the employer with a reference for Kevin, which they valued higher than his previous history or current status,” says Bradley Isaacs, the College’s Projects and Employment Co-ordinator.

The College has a big contract with Sodexo, particularly in cleaning and customer services, where it has 40 apprenticeships and 40 places for unemployed people with the right skills. Through its jobs broker, it has access to jobs at the nearby Box Park retail development, local museum, the local council and a growing number of private sector SMEs like the City Cafe.

While Kevin was assessed as ready to work, others are offered a two-and-a-half day BTEC workskills course followed by up to two weeks’ sector-specific training. The college can’t run longer full-time courses without impacting on the learner’s state benefits. “They get an understanding of employer perspectives, learn about application forms and processes – both online and written and minimise the risk of missing out on job opportunities,” Bradley says. “With a tutor, they go through an application for a live vacancy.”

For those like Kevin who are keen to work, the programme not only helps find them a job, but offers the chance for continued learning. “I would like to gain more qualifications if I could,” says Kevin.

View Training

Kevin’s programme was delivered by our sister company View Training

Supported by the European Social Fund