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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    The GREAT Project is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community.

    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: Sam Stanyer, Operations Manager North-Employment, email: Sam.Stanyer@bitc.org.uk


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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: Claire Reed, Client Support Manager, email Claire.Reed@bitc.org.uk


    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


    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.

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

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