15 May 2017

Choice and Bryson FutureSkills have launched an exciting new programme aimed at boosting skills and propelling people towards employment.

The first phase of the six-month WorkChoice scheme will see eight tenants gain a recognised OCR qualification while taking up paid ‘hands on’ roles within Choice’s Property Services, Services Centre, Finance and ICT departments.

Brian McKenna, Choice 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 ‘WorkChoice’ programme, in partnership with Bryson Charitable Group, 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 our operations 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.”

The learning and development programme is managed and supported by Bryson FutureSkills’ experienced employability skills team.

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.”

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.

The programme lasts 26-weeks and roles are assigned based on the participants career interests. All participants will complete the full OCR level 1 Employability Skills training and will be paid a full-time salary during their involvement on the programme.