Building Better Opportunities
BBO is jointly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and the European Social Fund (ESF), the latter via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The programme aims to combat the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion, challenge long-term unemployment, and empower socially excluded people. In so doing, it seeks to contribute to ESF objectives to improve local growth and create jobs.
IAF delivers the programme aims to support those who are disengaged and furthest away from employment, augmenting mainstream provision to unemployed people from the Department for Work & Pensions. IAF work with young people 16-26 on the BBO service across the D2N2 area.
The work coach/mentor’s activity supports unemployed or economically inactive people experiencing social exclusion and poverty who need help to overcome barriers, take control, learn new skills and move into employment (or education and training).
How much does it cost the young people? - Nothing – BBO is free of charge.
Work Coaches / mentors underpin delivery, providing a diverse range of support to participants to remove barriers, boost confidence etc.; support with updating CVs; searching for jobs; preparing job applications and covering letters; assisting with interview preparation; facilitating travel, childcare and IT support costs; and providing opportunities for gaining work experience.
What are the activities that will be achieved?
The outcomes achieved will vary dependent on the starting point of the individual and their personal and career aspirations, however as a minimum outcome will be:
• Access into EET
• Improved employment confidence and ready for work skills
• Improved job searches and application skills
• Up to date CV
• IAF BBO Needs Assessment and with SMART targets
• 6 or more interventions/ meetings with participants