Ready for Work and Get Ready in Great Yarmouth

In Great Yarmouth we work with businesses to support some of the most disadvantaged groups in our local community in gaining and sustaining work.

We do this through Ready for Work, Business in the Community's flagship national programme that engages businesses to support disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment. Read interviews explaining why businesses like Carillion, Barclays and Marks and Spencer support the programme.

As well as homelessness - either a past experience or a risk for their future - the people we support face a range of challenges. These can include being in care, long-term unemployment, criminal convictions and a lack of qualifications.

In Great Yarmouth we have also delivered Get Ready!, developed to complement our Ready for Work programme. Get Ready! offers a more flexible opportunity for engagement, which gives participants early access to businesses and training for employment, providing the skills and confidence required for Ready for Work and was run in partnership with YMCA Norfolk.

The issues in Great Yarmouth

  • Great Yarmouth is one of the most deprived areas of the country, but with the support of local partners and the borough council there is a huge amount of work being done to bring about improvements

Our impact

Through the programmes

  • 36% gained employment

  • About 200 people have been supported through the programme

  • 60% of those who completed the Ready for Work courses, gained a job

  • Over 150 people have worked with a job coach provided by local employers