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Volunteering towards Employment Project
Bury VCFA is pleased to announce our ‘Volunteering towards Employment Project’ (VtEP). VtEP aims to help participants in Bury who are unemployed or economically inactive to develop skills and confidence in a workplace environment by using volunteering to get closer to the jobs market. The European Social Fund (ESF) fund the project, which provides funding for employability and training projects.
Bury VCFA currently offer a local online volunteering matching service across Bury which can be accessed via the Bury VCFA website. Potential volunteers are able to register their area of interest together with activities they would like to volunteer. This is picked up by volunteer seeking organisations via an automated matching process.
This project offers the opportunity to develop this aspect of volunteer recruitment to help the unemployed or economically inactive to embrace volunteering as a step towards employment.
Project Outline & Outcomes
The VtEP project is managed and delivered by the Bury VCFA. Under current government guidelines, the activities will take place online via Microsoft Teams meetings. Full details on how to use Microsoft Teams will be provided after successful enrolment on the project.
The aim of VtEP is for participants to use volunteering experience as a step towards gaining employment. Outcomes may then be that the participants volunteering experience could ultimately lead on future employment and/or progression into Further Education or training to gain further skills to support their employability. Each participant will receive a minimum of 6 hour’s free support. Individuals will also be encouraged to continue with non-guided learning at home where appropriate.
Eligibility and how to join VtEP
We are looking to work with participants who are unemployed or economically inactive aged 18 years and over who may be from groups such as:
- Single parents
- People aged 50 and over
- People from ethnic minorities
- People with disabilities and health conditions
Participants should also be resident in the Borough of Bury and will be required to prove their identification and legal right to work in the UK.
- Please note participants will require an e-mail address, pc/laptop with internet/wi-fi access. The project will be delivered through Microsoft Teams - participants will be required to have access to audio devices (speakers, headset etc) and recommended computer/headset microphone with a webcam or laptop camera.
To apply to join the VtEP project please e-mail email@example.com for the enrolment form and application details.
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