Employment Partnership Projects

Drawing on the experience of delivering the Ready for Work programme, Business in the Community is working across the UK on projects that support people facing disadvantage to enter good quality employment.

    These projects are being delivered in consortium partnerships with not-for-profit companies, charities and statutory services. They are funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 and in some cases, where specified, match funded by the Big Lottery.

    By working in partnership, we are able to expand our reach beyond our core locations to support people who are furthest away from the labour market.

    There are projects running in the following areas:


    The GREAT project has been set up to help Leicestershire families who are not currently in employment or training, more towards work. ‘GREAT’ stands for Getting Ready for Employment and Training. As one of seven delivery partners, BITC will support participants by offering a range of work readiness activities, as well as work experience placements.

    Find our more about the GREAT project and the organisations involved.

    Key contact: Jack Gibson, Employment Operations Manager – The Midlands & South, Jack.Gibson@bitc.org.uk


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    Building Better Opportunities – the Sheffield City Region Programme (BBO SCR) is an integrated, person-centred employment service for people with physical and mental health conditions, learning disabilities and complex needs. It’s based on Individual Placement Support, a “place then train” approach that has shown to be twice as effective as traditional approaches.

    The BBO SCR Partnership will support 642 adults over the next 2 years to find competitive employment and training opportunities. BBO SCR has received £2.7million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

    Key contact: Jack Gibson, Employment Operations Manager – The Midlands & South, Jack.Gibson@bitc.org.uk

    Building better opportunities funded by National Lottery ESF  and South Yorkshire Housing



    Tees Valley

    The Tees Valley Routeways Programme will support 925 young people aged 15 to 29 across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing them into Education, Employment, Training or Self-Employment.
    The programme is delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The overall contract value is £2.67m with £1.00m from European Social Fund, £1.00m from Youth Employment Initiative and £0.67m of Match Funding. It is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.

    Key contact: Samatha Jones, Employment Programme Manager, email: Samantha.jones@bitc.org.uk


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    The ACE project support Londoners with disabilities and long-term health conditions back into work. It is led by Groundwork London and delivered in partnership with 11 organisations across all London boroughs. The project offers participants tailored one-to-one support and specialist advice, helping to match and prepare people for appropriate job opportunities. Throughout the project we aim to support 1000 individuals, matching them with 900 job opportunities.

    Key contact: Jack Gibson, Employment Programme Manager, email: Jack.Gibson@bitc.org.uk, tel: 0207 566 6646

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    Bridge the Gap is run in partnership with St Mungo’s to support homeless people in Bristol start their journey into work. Through this six week course, participants can explore their aspirations and increase their confidence, skills and awareness of the next steps to gain employment. This course is often undertaken by clients before they move on to join Business in the Community’s Ready for Work programme.

    Key contact: Lynne Flanagan, Employment Programme Manager, email Lynne.flanagan@bitc.org.uk, tel: 07725 638063


    West of England

    The West Of England Works project is an exciting partnership which aims to help unemployed and economically inactive people in the West of England find employment. Led by Weston College, the partnership includes a range of locally-based voluntary and community organisations, including BITC. Running from January 2017 to December 2019, the programme will provide personalised employment support to over 1,500 people across the West of England. Find out more about the West of England Works project and the organisations involved.

    Key contact: Lynne Flanagan, Employment Programme Manager, email Lynne.Flanagan@bitc.org.uk, tel: 07725 638063

    West of England Works

    Leeds and Bradford

    The Stronger Families project has been designed to support families in West Yorkshire access training, start job searching and find employment. As one of Stronger Families delivery partners it is the aim of BITC to support participants to gain valuable experience of the work place environment, as well as supporting them in their journey into employment through our Ready for Work scheme. Find out more about the Stronger Families project and the organisations involved

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    Key Contact: Samuel Stanyer, Employment Operations Manager – The North, Sam.stanyer@bitc.org.uk