Pre-placement training

Training is an essential part of the Ready for Work programme, and we rely on employee volunteers to make it a success. Two days of training help to prepare people for their work placement, giving them the confidence to succeed in the workplace.

Topics covered include:

I went on the two training days and realised that this is my chance now, so I put everything into it.

- Ready for Work participant,

  • Self-esteem

  • Motivational skills

  • Expected workplace behaviour

  • CV and interview skills

How you can get involved

Your business can get involved by providing a room and/or employee volunteers for the second day of the training programme.

Employee volunteers help people to begin their journey into work by:

  • Taking part in training activities

  • Drawing on personal experience to give practical advice on employment

  • Offering friendly encouragement

In just one day of volunteering, your employees can help break down the fears people face when entering the workplace after unemployment.

Your commitment

All volunteers attend a short briefing prior to the start of the training session. The briefing provides an introduction to the volunteers’ involvement in the day and to the issues surrounding homelessness.

It has been an eye-opening and valuable journey for me.

- Employee volunteer

Volunteering at training is a great way for employees to learn more about Ready for Work and the people it supports before getting more involved.

What this means for you

88% of employees volunteering with Ready for Work reported improved relationship building skills. Offering their support at pre-placement training is the first step towards realising these benefits.

Kathryn’s experience of volunteering at pre-placement training

Kathryn, an employee at Bruntwood, had previously enjoyed helping friends and colleagues to develop their CVs. By volunteering at the second day of pre-placement training she was able to put her skills to use to support Ready for Work participants. Kathryn worked with Abraham to condense his CV to two pages. She then practiced some interview questions with him.

Kathryn realised that Abraham was reluctant to sell himself. Just by pointing out some of his positive personal attributes and experience she was able to build his confidence.

As well as having the opportunity to use her skills to help somebody else, Kathryn valued the new perspective that volunteering gave her – when she couldn’t identify volunteer from participant, she realised that homelessness could affect anyone and felt grateful for her own job and support networks.