Choice and Bryson FutureSkills pilot innovative employment scheme

Choice and Bryson FutureSkills have launched an exciting new programme aimed at boosting skills and propelling people into employment. The first phase of the WorkChoice will see eight participants, including Choice tenants, gain paid work experience within Choice and attain a recognised qualification. The six-month scheme, which began in February 2017, has placed participants in ‘hands on’ roles across the organisation including the Property Services, Services Centre, Finance and ICT departments.

Brian McKenna Group Director of Governance and Communications said:

“A central focus for Choice has been our drive to support people into real jobs and to build employment skills and experience. Our ‘Work Choice’ programme, in partnership with Bryson FutureSkills, is grounded in the age-old truth that the best way to get a job is to be in one.

“We have recruited a number of previously unemployed tenants to work across Choice for a minimum of six months with a commitment to create longer-term opportunities both within the association and with like-minded employers. We look forward to working with the participants in various roles across the organisation.”

WorkChoice is designed to propel participants towards sustainable employment, further education or training by providing practical work-based and accredited learning that are aligned with individual aspirations.

Cathy Wilson Bryson FutureSkills Employment and Development Manager added: “WorkChoice has been a success in helping people gain training and new skills which are essential to help them find their way back into the workplace.”

“The participants will leave the programme with an OCR Accredited Employability Skills Qualification from Bryson FutureSkills, as well as transferable work skills and invaluable experience gained from working as an integral part of a team.”