Business in the Community runs two programmes in the South West which support people into employment, Ready for Work and Bridge the Gap.

Ready for Work in the South West

Ready for Work is a national programme that engages business to support disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment.

The programme has been running for more than 10 years in Bristol, seeing hundreds of clients successfully through the programme.

In the last year alone 32 clients started the programme. Despite the difficult economic conditions in Bristol during this period, 14 gained employment at the end of the programme and 10 people have gone on to positive outcomes, including training or volunteering.

The success of the programme is in part due to the commitment of the businesses in Bristol who host training, provide job coaches, run workshops, provide training or work placements.

If you represent a business that would like to take part in Ready for Work, find out more about how to get involved.

If you are a referral agency and you would like to refer a client, you will need to complete an application form. This form is password protected. Please contact Claire Reed to receive your password.

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Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap is an employability programme aimed at supporting formerly homeless unemployed people to become work ready. Participants can explore their aspirations and increase their confidence, skills and awareness of the next steps to gain employment through this six week course. This course is often undertaken by clients before they move on to join the Ready for Work programme.

Each year we support 30 people to succesfully complete the programme.

Clients attend one 2.5 hour session each week over a six week period. Lunch and £4 travel expenses are included.

  • Week 1: Hopes & Aspiration

  • Week 2: Barriers

  • Week 3: Employer Led Workshop

  • Week 4: Review and Prepare for week 5

  • Week 5: Business Visit

  • Week 6: Action Plan

For further information please contact Maddy Collins at Mungos Broadway.