I must admit that it is not very often that I hear about a venture which I get excited about because I can see a real need for it.
LCiL are going to launch just such a project at their Choice Unlimited Roadshow in April.
Called "VTE" (which stands for "Volunteering, Training, and Employment") it was described to me, by the person who I think is the Brainiac behind it, as a revolutionary idea to help people into work.
Instead of the Jobcentre sending you on placements which have no relevence to your chosen field of employment - the aim of VTE is to guide you through the steps to help you find a job.
I suppose you could say it is a bit of a "Ronseal" idea - as in it does exactly what it says on the tin.
First stage is to get you volunteering in your chosen field - ie, if you want to work in an office you could volunteer at LCiL's office.
Second stage is to supply you with training - either by sending you on a course in your relevant field or by another method.
Third stage is finding you employment in your chosen field.
(Can someone please explain to me why the Jobcentre didn't think of this first???)
As I said - I am looking forward to this venture being launched as it sounds like something which is definitely needed.
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