Building Better Opportunities will invest £5,680,000 in Hertfordshire, across three projects.
Strive is for people with complex barriers to employment, who may have been through previous unsuccessful interventions to support them into employment, volunteering or education. The Strive project has Mentors who work alongside Participants to identify barriers and support their transition into sustainable employment, volunteering, and/or further education. This project also has Hubs located throughout Hertfordshire which bring together different organisations to improve signposting and create an informal, unintimidating atmosphere. A wide range of subjects are offered from horticulture to crafts to dealing with anxiety.
This project supports young people to overcome significant barriers to the workplace, improve their employability or enter training or work. Herts youth Motivator support young people aged 15 to 19 years old, or age 21 for care leavers and 25 for those with disabilities, who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET), at risk of becoming NEET. Participants receive up to 80 hours of 1-to-1 support, tailored to their needs and delivered at a pace to suit them. Delivery is based in the local community. Mentors coach participants through each step, working closely with them to improve their confidence, skills and knowledge to overcoming barriers.
Mile in Herts supports adults dealing with long term financial difficulties and long term, complex and multiple barriers to employment. Individuals who do not normally access mainstream services or learning opportunities, or who have previously been unsuccessful when engaging with mainstream services, are particularly likely to benefit from this project. Mentors work alongside Participants to identify barriers and support their transition into sustainable employment, volunteering, and/or further education. Participants are able to access of number of specially created activities based around gaining financial confidence.
All three projects in Hertfordshire are being run by Hertfordshire County Council