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Over 25? A re-introduction to Job Seeking and Adult Education in Interested in adult education? Our Digital Social Inclusion Officer, Matt Moxon takes a look at job seeking and adult education in this extensive piece.
Whether it is as a recommendation from the job centre, as part of on-the-job training or simply for your own benefit and enjoyment, continuing to learn and improve skills is a fact of life. However, the structure and landscape of adult education is much more crowded compared to primary and secondary schools.
As life begins to return to relative normality after the pandemic, millions of adults will be looking to get back in to work and looking to gain training or a qualification to help them on their way. I have recently supported my friend with his Universal Credit application which sparked a question about careers advice, training and qualifications. As we discussed the different big players in the industry, it made me realise that, even having worked in the area for over 5 years, adult education is confusing! With so many different routes to take and organisations to turn to, I thought it would be best to try and provide a little bit of guidance for my friend and anyone else in a position like his.
Trying to internet search your way toward some concrete careers advice can also be pretty overwhelming. Whilst there is a huge amount of great information online, a ificant amount of it is targeted at college or university leavers, and none of it can really replace a 1-to-1 conversation with a knowledgeable advisor. It immediately becomes apparent when searching online that the environment is much more crowded than the neat and tidy career advice pathways provided to students via their colleges and universities.
For example, websites like Indeed, Monster and Total Jobs and getting paid by advertisers and employers to include their adverts or bump their specific job listings to the top of the pile. When it comes to re-engaging with the job market, I would recommend taking a look at the National Careers Service which offers a contact centre and webchat service to get you in touch with a person first and help you find the right next step.
Once you have a clear idea of what job you are looking for, the skills you would like to improve, or the qualifications you would like to gain, who are you going to turn to to help you get where you want to go? The logical direction would be government support. However, there are two important dates to remember from recent years when re-engaging with Job Centre Plus. Firstly, Junethe Work Programme is introduced. This represented a ificant outsourcing of usual Job Centre responsibilities, like coaching and training, to third party, private sector organisations.
You can find which organisations deliver the work programme in your area here. Secondly, Februarythe rollout of Universal Credit begins. Universal Credit UCwas intended to simplify the benefits system by combining multiple benefits into one payment. These two policies in combination have caused a drastic reduction in the amount of immediate, face-to-face support available at your local Job Centre, and so their effectiveness in supporting unemployed people has been subject to a lot of scrutiny — including their effect on older job seekers.
However, this still leaves millions of others aged 25 and over, who are excluded from receiving the same levels of support. Back in Octoberthe Chancellor, Rishi Sunak did announce new funding and initiatives for supporting people back into work. Firstly, the Kickstart schemea programme aimed at encouraging employers to create jobs for people aged, you guessed it, 16 to 24, so no luck there then.
He also announced the Restart Schemesupporting anyone who has been claiming UC between 12 and 18 months, good news! However, looking at the list of named organisations taking part in the Restart scheme and comparing it with the list of Work Programme providers, there are striking similarities. We shall wait and see — the scheme starts June this year.
Access to training for adults outside of formal education receives ificantly less funding than schools, colleges and universities. As the below chart from the Department for Education shows, the blue and orange representing schools, grey representing colleges, yellow showing Universities and the light blue representing funding for the adult education budget.
That portion of funding has ly gone to some of the fantastic organisations who make up our Online Centres Networkwhich has supported millions of people over the last few years to improve not only their digital skills, but many other training needs that they may have.
The network is made up of organisations like council Adult Education departments, charities, community interest companies and small businesses. Alliance in London. If you would like to find a centre in your area you can use the find a centre feature on our website. As Digital Social Inclusion Officer, Matt keeps an eye on government policy and le on projects a of our digital inclusion programmes.
Matt is always inquisitive, happy to work with other teams and learn more! We believe digital skills support is best delivered in trusted spaces, at the heart of communities. Through our partnerships, we work to further understand the skills needed for work in Take a look below. The programme has been helping build work-related skills for unemployed or underemployed people, helping them achieve positive employability outcomes. With funding from Google. Good Things Foundation and Accenture partnered together to deliver the Future Proof: Skills for Work project, which sought to engage and support individuals with limited digital skills to prosper in the 21st-century workplace.
Get Online Week sees thousands of local events take place each year hosted by community organisations, giving everyone the chance to find the support they need to improve their digital skills and get motivated to learn more. Get involved by hosting a digital skills event in your community - in person or online.
Your search term. It could be someone handing you a leaflet about the aerospace industry, to someone telling you their experience of a food hygiene course or an online article about job interview techniques. Career coaching is also a very broad topic, with the important distinction that coaching and equally, mentoringis focussed on one human being, supporting another — something that I believe is the key to helping people cut through a lot of information to what the best route is for them.
More on face-to-face support Once you have a clear idea of what job you are looking for, the skills you would like to improve, or the qualifications you would like to gain, who are you going to turn to to help you get where you want to go? So where can you get training and support?
Skills for work in communities We believe digital skills support is best delivered in trusted spaces, at the heart of communities. Make It Click With funding from Google. Get Online Week returns this October.25 seeking something special
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