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Employment, Education and Training

Employment, Training and Education

Our long established Employment, Training and Education programmes work with local authorities and agencies such as Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), National Offender Management Service, Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Job Centre Plus.

Employment and Training Support

We deliver specialist support for service users with complex health and social situations, including long term unemployment, offending histories, those with substance misuses issues, disabled people and other minority groups, all of which can face barriers to entering the labour market.

We help people to identify and remove these potential barriers in accessing employment. With the service user, we create a course of action to get them back into the work environment. We help them to gain qualifications and skills, and to create a work record which provides that all important springboard into employment.

Self-esteem and motivation

Our employment and training services look at the person's wider situation. We help people with their self-esteem and motivation and we prepare them for employment, training and education. Flexible options for our service users include:

  • Structured work placements with statutory and voluntary organisations
  • Volunteer placements
  • Vocational routes
  • Access to training
  • Opportunities to gain qualifications
  • Job search
  • Employability preparation courses
  • In work support

Humankind Education

Humankind Education has achieved the status of ‘Grade 1 Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Humankind Education offers services for young people aged 16 to 18. We are an independent training provider, specialising in working with people who have significant barriers to learning and providing tailored support to improve their education and employment prospects.

The study programme

Humankind’s Study Programme, called Steps 4 Success, is funded via the EFA. It’s personalised and designed to challenge learners, and it improves their skills for employment and independent living. The programme covers:

  • Development of vocationally-specific work skills linked to accreditation with an extensive work placement
  • Accredited personal social development programme
  • Development of English, maths and ICT Functional Skills
  • Enrichment activities

We provide support and activities which are highly structured and which enable learners to overcome barriers to progress such as problems relating to housing, finance, leaving care and drug and alcohol misuse.

All programmes include a work experience element including placements in local cafes, administration, animal care, NHS IT support, game-keeping, childcare, adult day services and retail. A work placement provides valuable experience of the work environment and supports learners to decide on future careers or study options.

Establishing career interests

Our Employer Engagement Advisor works with learners alongside their tutor to establish career interests and will then source a suitable work placement to meet career needs.

Humankind have built up excellent relationships with local employers who have successfully provided placements for our young people. We work with over 20 local employers including including NHS, EXCEL Centre, M&Co. Classy Pawz, MEARS, Palram, Autosafe, More Time, Wild Animal Adventures, Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, Studio28, Endeavour Woodcrafts, Little Cubs, Independent Living, County Durham Housing Group, Hilton Road Garage.

A clear focus on transition

We work in collaboration with Local Authorities, building contractors, colleges and employers (including SMEs) to ensure that provision of our training and employment services are reflective of local labour market demands.