Employment Support for Residents of Bristol and the West of England

At Ways2Work we work with a lot of organisations in Bristol and the West of England that support people getting into work or to improve their skills. We are part of Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning team.

Improve your skills

If you’re looking to improve your skills, there are many options out there for you to try.

At the moment, most if not all options are online. You can still have personal support from a tutor or if you’re ready to go it on your own, there are many digital providers. Check out our online courses page for some options.

Our course calendar will show you when some of these online courses will be starting.

Who can help?

You can access careers and employment support online and by telephone from:

  • National Careers Service – call 0800 100 900
  • Future Bright – in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Workzone (South Bristol only) – email workzonebristol@gmail.com or call on 07591 997 490

You can see some of the organisations who can support you with training and employment in our directory of providers.

If you are self-employed or starting up your own business, you can get support from many organisations including BRAVE, Outset West, the West of England Growth Hub and the Pop-Up Business School.

Looking for Jobs

See our job vacancies page for more information about employers and job vacancies to apply for now.

Employment, Skills and Learning

Bristol City Council is committed to providing excellent employment and learning opportunities to young people and adults in Bristol. The Employment, Skills and Learning team plans, coordinates and supports opportunities within the council, across Bristol and the West of England.

Our purpose is to improve the life chances, employability, health and wellbeing of local young people and adults.

You can see more about the Employment, Skills and Learning teams on their websites: Adult Learning, Community Learning, On Site Bristol, Post 16 Participation.

As well as Ways2Work, Bristol City Council’s Employment Support team funds and runs projects to help people get into work and stay in work. You can see details of these projects on our Partners pages on the main menu.

Covid 19 Information

You can find up to date information about Coronavirus in England and the UK on the GOV.UK website.

This includes information on:

  • Lockdown and local restrictions
  • Furlough and job support
  • Covid Safe workplaces
  • Restrictions on leaving home and who to meet

Posts for you

Ways2Work Website Maintenance

We’re spending a couple of weeks performing website maintenance on the Ways2Work website. This means that our news and calendar will not be updated while the work is ongoing. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we will be improving the speed and features of the website in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and we’ll be back with you soon. Lucy – Ways2Work 18/11/2020

National Careers Service – Virtual Job Fair 16/11/20

On Monday, 16 November 2020 the National Careers Service is hosting a virtual job fair where they will be promoting a range of live job opportunities. As part of the event the National Careers Service will be hosting webinars on the day. You can see details of the webinars being offered and how to join them on the webinar flyer. And details of the virtual jobs fair on the jobs fair flyer.

Learning Disability Work Week 9th – 15th November

LOCAL BRISTOL MAN SUPPORTS HIS COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC Mencap celebrates helping Richard Yendle achieve his dreams this Learning Disability Work Week (9th – 15th November 2020) With people with a learning disability and/or autism facing significant barriers to job entry, Mencap is celebrating helping local Bristol man Richard Yendle, who has a learning disability, into employment. As a keyworker working at Sainsbury’s through the COVID crisis, Richard is one of the people society has relied on to keep the country moving through the most difficult of times. Like many people with a learning disability Richard, from Bristol, tried hard to find work but faced many barriers: “I just wanted a company that would take me on and give me a paid job, so I can show what I can do.” After receiving support from Mencap, he started working at a Sainsbury’s in Bristol four years ago. Now Richard is happy and proud in his role, and does a number of roles in the supermarket from working on the tills to cleaning and assisting customers. He now has a message for other people with a learning disability: “Take your time and be patient. Take every opportunity that comes up and be prepared.” Employers report that people with a learning disability and/or autism are often dedicated to their job and reduce staff turnover – as well as help to boost staff morale, champion inclusion and enhance diversity within organisations. Paid employment can help make people feel valued and equal, included in society, and increase their independence and self-esteem. But while people with a learning disability and/or autism can work and want to work, they are often shut out of employment which can have a hugely negative impact on their quality of life. People Mencap support have often faced barriers because of stigma, a lack of understanding about learning disability and autism, and unwillingness to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace. Many people simply fall at the first hurdle because the recruitment process is inaccessible. Often all that is needed is small and cost-effective reasonable adjustments to open the doors for people with a learning disability and/or autism who want to work, such as offering accessible application forms or even something as simple as holding a work trial instead of a traditional job interview. Other adjustments include offering on-the-job support through job coaches who can be provided through government funding. Mark Capper, Head of Development in the Lifestyles & Work team at the learning disability charity Mencap, said: “The world of work has been thrown upside down by COVID, now is the time for employers to think differently about who they hire. This year every employer has had to adapt and innovate to support their workforce through this unprecedented time. Including people with different experiences and skills will only enhance businesses and their offer. “People with a learning disability and autism can work and want to work and with the right support they can also make fantastic employees – with some even working as the keyworkers we’ve all relied on to keep things moving. They just need a chance to show they can do it.” Emily Donaghy, Recruitment Manager at Sainsbury’s said: “At Sainsbury’s we are proud to have been supported by Mencap in the past and this has helped us to hire a number of individuals with a learning disability into our retail roles across the UK. By providing us access to individuals that may not find our usual recruitment process accessible, Mencap supports us in becoming a fully inclusive employer.” Through its employment programmes, Mencap supports people with a learning disability and autism to become more independent and develop their employability as well as helping people to find work placements. Work experience, alongside training courses, gives people the real training they need to get on the employment ladder. Mencap is also inviting employers to find out how they can open their doors to people with a learning disability and/or autism this Learning Disability Work Week. The charity can support with everything from making application processes more accessible through to providing job coaches, ultimately helping to open opportunities for this untapped talent pool. Follow us on Twitter @BristolMencap Get more from Mencap. Find out more about how our Employ Me service is helping more  people with a learning disability in to paid employment. www.mencap.org.uk/employment We’re campaigning to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Will you join us? Find out more at www.mencap.org.uk/treatmewell #TreatMeWell Do you love and care for somebody with a learning disability? Visit our online community and connect with other parents and family carers. www.mencap.org.uk/onlinecommunity.

Vacancies for Tutors at N-Gaged Training

Due to continuous growth, N-Gaged Training is currently recruiting tutors.  Please see the job descriptions below for more details of the roles. Logistics Tutor Construction Tutor Trainee Forklift Tutor If interested in applying please send CVs to: michele.ford@n-gaged.co.uk or call 0117 971 0883 for more information.

Job Vacancy at SafeLives for a Training Coordinator

SafeLives are currently recruiting for a Training Coordinator. If anyone is interested/able to forward on to your own networks that would be hugely welcomed! Please find attached the job descriptions along with a brief outline below: Training Coordinator To provide effective and efficient coordination of resources and support for the Training team and the learners across all SafeLives’ training programmes SafeLives’ Training team develops the knowledge and skills of professionals responding to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, whether adults, young people or children. The programme includes sector leading accredited training – foundation and expert courses – for independent domestic violence advisors (Idvas) and independent domestic abuse advocates in Scotland (Idaas), independent sexual violence advisors (Isvas), domestic violence and abuse outreach workers, and other frontline workers who come into contact with people experiencing domestic abuse. Reports to                        Senior Training Coordinator Hours                                37.5 hours per week Salary                                £20,000-23,000 pa Contract                           Permanent Location                           Bristol (with occasional travel across UK). Remote during CV19 Benefits                           A generous package including 25 days holiday a year and public holidays, employee pension scheme with 4% employer contribution, Cycle2Work scheme, 365 days a year Employee Assistance Programme, flexible working How to apply Please take a look over the job description and submit your 500 word cover letter & CV via  https://safelives.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v=77c82e99-6a0e-45d0-8425-48c16544ec41 by 9am on Monday 30th November 2020. If anyone has any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We encourage those that are interested to contact prior to application to provide as much insight into the position as possible 😊 SafeLives: hr@safelives.org.uk DD: 0117 4033 240 / Office: 0117 4033 220

N-Gaged Courses

Message from Cheryl Cole of N-Gaged Training: If you are unemployed or qualify as a low-income earner these courses are FREE! Exciting news – Amazing Range of Courses Available NOW! N-gaged is now working with our new sister company Finance Management Business School (FMBS) to offer a greater variety of courses. Our courses are now available online commencing every Monday – including some practical elements.  Access to a laptop/computer is required or perhaps you would like to take advantage of attending our in-house IT suite on a pre-bookable basis. Courses include: Storage and Warehouse (obtain your Forklift Truck Licence)   Construction (obtain your CSCS card) – including Award in Construction, Award in Health and Safety within the workplace and Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment  Logistics (obtain your HGV Licence) – including Certificate in Safe Road Skills and Attitudes, Certificate in Customer Service, Hazard Perception, Certificate in Logistics Operation and Licence acquisition: C, C&E, or Driver CPC  Security Guard (obtain your SIA badge) – including Award in Stewarding in Spectator Events and Award as Working as a Security Officer Within the Private Sector   Health and Social Care –including Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young Person’s Settings, Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care/Adult Care Worker L2 and Certificate in the Principles of The Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings.  This course also covers Infection Control/ COVID-19  Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services   Hospitality and Retail Principles Certificate – including Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles, Award in Food Safety for Retail, COSHH, leading to a L3 Hospitality Supervisor  Customer Service Award and Certificate   Accountancy Award  Computerised Payroll Award – Level 1   Computerised Payroll Certificate – Level 2   Business Administration Certificate – Level 1   Principles of Business Administration Certificate – Level 2  IT User Skills Certificate Levels 1 and 2   Preparing to Start a New Business Award– Level 2   Creating and Starting Your Own Business Certificate – Level 2  Self-Employment Pathway – Award, Certificate and Diploma levels  Retail Knowledge Award and Certificate   Give us a call or drop us an email for more details and to enrol today on: Tel 0117 9710883 / Mob 07951 597633 / mail@n-gaged.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you.

Marketing Assistant Job Vacancy at SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain has a vacancy for a Marketing Assistant – Fixed term for 12 months. Salary circa:  £20,000. Hours:  36.25 per week. See details on the Job Description. Please go to www.ssgreatbritain.org/about-us/jobs/job-application-form to apply. Completed application forms to be sent to jobs@ssgreatbritain.org Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 27th November 2020 Interview date: Monday 7th December 2020 via Zoom

Reminder: On Site Bristol Online Open Evening

On Site Bristol Online Open Evening is taking place via Zoom on Monday 30 November 2020.  It is already looking to be a well attended event, with lots of people signed up already. Download the flyer here. If you have anyone who may be interested in finding out more about Construction Apprenticeships, please get them to sign up via the following link: http://bit.ly/osbonline On Site Bristol will be joined by one of their employers as well as a current and a former apprentice who will be sharing their experiences. Please note that On Site Bristol will also be present at the following events to talk to about Construction Apprenticeships: Tuesday, 24 November 2020: St Brendan’s Sixth Form Online Careers Fair Wednesday, 25 November 2020: The West of England Careers Inspiration Show Years 10 & 11 (Like to Be) Alternatively please do not hesitate to contact Louise, if you need any further support regarding Construction Apprenticeships.

CCBED Courses

CCBED is ready to deliver Personal Development and Enterprise and Employment courses; Time for Change provides tools and a safe space to discuss and develop skills around Assertiveness, Effective Communication and Time Management, aimed at empowering learners to utilise these tools in both their personal and professional lives. See Time for Change flyer. Level 1 Award Passport to Enterprise & Employment is an introduction to Enterprise, with a focus on identifying and developing Skills & Characteristics of Enterprising Communication, an introduction to Marketing and how best to address Problem Solving at Work.  This course is aimed at anyone considering self-employment who may lack confidence or focus on taking those first steps towards being your own boss. See Passport to Enterprise & Employment flyer. If you have any inquiry, please contact Valentin.

Careers Hub Update: Still available for Face to Face appointments

The Careers Hub in The Galleries is closed until the end of lockdown, however, The Galleries shopping centre is committed to remaining open for essential services so it can reopen for one to one appointments. National Careers Service is currently compiling a list of customers who need face to face appointments. Please refer customers who: Need face-to-face, career advice appointments for clear reasons e.g. language barriers, technology issues etc. Are not in a high-risk/vulnerable category Are not in a support bubble with anyone of a high-risk/vulnerable category Who’re able to access the BS1 area of Bristol The team is open to any creative ideas to support customers that require face-to-face appointments e.g. involving training providers or delivering National Careers Service workshops to small groups. Full details of premises risk assessments can be provided, if helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to get in touch with Adam Booty. Address: Job and Careers Hub, Galleries Shopping Centre, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XA Directions: Bottom floor. Opposite ‘Eurochange’ next to ‘Brizzle Kids Clubhouse’. The nearest entrance is opposite Tesco on Union Street.

Upcoming courses from The Restore Trust

As an education provider, The Restore Trust will be open throughout this period to continue to support people who wish to undertake accredited training qualifications to improve their prospects of employment. Please see the Restore Trust poster which outlines what is available throughout November and December 2020. The current range of courses and course dates are below. All accredited courses are available to undertake online via Microsoft Teams with ‘live’ tutor support or onsite at The Restore Trust in a COVID-19 secure environment. ​The Restore Trust – Courses – November and December 2020: ​Monday 9 November to Friday 27 November 2020 – Digital Skills – Accredited – Entry3, Level1 and Level 2 Certificate – ​ Session Times: (9:30-11:30/12:30-14:30/15:00-17:00) Monday 16 November to Friday 20 November 2020 – Production – Accredited – Level 1 Certificate – ​ ​Session Times: (9:30-16:30)   *Guaranteed interview with a local employer* Monday 23 November to Thursday 3 December 2020 – CSCS Card Training and Qualification – Accredited – Level 2 Certificate – ​ Session Times: (9:30-12:30/13:30-16:30) *Guaranteed interview with a local employer* ​Monday 30 November to Friday 18 December 2020 – Digital Skills – Accredited – Entry3, Level1 and Level 2 Certificate – ​ Session Times: (9:30-11:30/12:30-14:30/15:00-17:00) Monday 7 December to Thursday 17 December 2020 – CSCS Card Training and Qualification – Accredited – Level 2 Certificate – ​ ​Session Times: (9:30-12:30/13:30-16:30) *Guaranteed interview with a local employer* ​Please note: We have direct employment opportunities available through our local employer network for those learners completing CSCS and Production courses. On completion of the CSCS and Production course, you will receive an interview with a local employer. This recent employment pathway has proven to be very successful; we have received 13 job offers for learners within the past 4 weeks who have taken up this employment pathway option. We aim to continue to build on this successful work with local employers throughout the current lockdown period and beyond. Please download the Restore Trust referral form to make a referral. We understand many of you may be working from home throughout lockdown so please feel free to send through a completed referral form for any of your service users and rest assured we will make contact upon receipt of the referral to be sent to: admin@therestoretrust.org and update each referrer with progress. Please feel free to share this with your work colleagues and local networks so we can continue to provide meaningful learning and skills activity linked to employment to those who need it.

Code Nation – New two day short course!

Code Nation is currently running two 2-day courses. Dates: Intro to coding 10-11 Nov, 24-25 Nov, 8-9 Dec Level up ( Prior learning)  17-18 Nov, 1-2 Dec, 15-16 Dec If you refer anyone outside of Bristol there is a cost of £99 per person – unless they are within the Bristol area, unemployed, earning 17k or less and in receipt of benefits they can do the course for FREE! See details on the course information. If you have anyone in mind to refer over, please feel free to give me a call on 07772568324 or the office on 0208 064 1559, or drop my colleague Ezra an email on ezra@wearecodenation.com with your referral’s Name, Number and Email, and we’ll see what we can do for them!