Support and advice if you're looking for work.
Whether you're newly unemployed, have been out of work for a while or looking for a new opportunity, finding employment can be like navigating a minefield, and you don't know which way to turn.
It can be hard to know where to begin, what roles you can apply for, or if your skills are relevant to a different career. We want to support you and your family as best we can. Our Employment & Skills Service will help you gain access to suitable employment and training opportunities and make finding employment a little easier.
What is the Employment & Skills Support service?
Our Employment & Skills Service provides support, advice and guidance to our customers who are currently looking for a new job or wanting to gain new skills.
Our role is to assess your needs and put you in contact with those that can help kick-start your journey back into employment.
With access to several local and national organisations, a range of specialist knowledge, training, and services are available to help you get back into employment.
Our specialist Employment & Skills Lead, Nikki Mosley, will support you every step of the way. Our Employer Engagement Coordinator, Niki Thompson, will help you connect with local employers.
Once you've found employment or you're in training, Our Project Support Apprentice, Rebecca Taylor, will continue to offer support and ensure you're okay.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the service if you are:
- A THT customer or member of their household
- Over 16 years-old
How do I apply?
You can complete the online enquiry form.
Phone us on 0300 777 7777.
What is the process?
Once you've contacted our specialist Employment & Skills Team, we will book you for a one-to-one personal appointment. This can be done either over the phone or face to face.
The next step is to have a more detailed one-to-one session with your advisor. We will talk about things such as:
- What your goals and ambitions are with employment or training
- How you can use the skills or training you have in the future
- The possibilities of learning new skills
- The possibilities of changing jobs and heading in a more positive direction
We will work together to put what we have talked about into action. This may include:
- A referral to our Employer Engagement Coordinator, who will target employers on your behalf
- Supporting you to access existing employment and training support programmes
- Advice on jobs, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteer opportunities offered in your area
- Help with your CV, cover letters and applications
- Interview practice
- Applying for funding for employment-related costs such as training, childcare, travel expenses or interviews and work-related clothing
We will keep in touch with you throughout the process, and even if you start a new job or begin training, we will stay in contact to make sure you're okay and offer further help to ease the transition back into employment or training.
Employment and Skills Case Study: Anthony Newman
The role of our Employment and Skills Service is to prepare and support THT customers back into the world of work or give their careers a much-needed change.
It's not only the practicalities of looking for work or developing a new career that the Employment and Skills Service supports but also more holistic skills such as encouraging positive lifestyle choices and participation in social activities.
Since September last year, the Employment and Skills Support Service has supported THT customer Anthony Newman and his dream of becoming an HGV driver.
Anthony's story with THT began when he secured a placement with CleanStart in February 2021. Working with Natasha Jenkins, Enterprise Coach at CleanStart, he significantly changed his lifestyle choices through investment and intensive support from Natasha and the CleanStart team. Anthony said about his time with Cleanstart: "I have learnt so much from working and have completely changed my outlook, which will enable me to sustain future employment".
Anthony came to THT's Employment and Skills (E&S) Service team in September 2021, having worked with Niki Thompson before Niki joined THT. This relationship helped Anthony to address personal issues in a constructive and supportive manner through regular face to face meetings.
Niki and the team encouraged and motivated Anthony to engage with employment opportunities and supported him with job applications and interviews. Natasha Bernard at the Working Wardrobe project provided Anthony with not only new clothes to attend interviews but the confidence and self-esteem that comes from feeling and looking the part.
Anthony has now secured his dream job as an HGV driver with Pickford's, a leading global logistics and removals company. With support from JobCentre Plus, the Employment and Skills Service has secured another success in getting one of our customers into full-time employment.
Anthony had this to say about the time with the service and the help and support of Niki and the team:
"I am eternally grateful for all the support, understanding and commitment that Niki has provided me. This job will lead to a permanent role that I am dedicated and committed to achieving. I will be taking the offer of training me to be an HGV driver as this is my opportunity to really change my life, and I'm not going to let my past stop that."