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mentoring circles programme developed to tackle uneployment

Mentoring Circles: Supporting the long-term unemployed 

A collaborative programme between Willmott Dixon Interiors and the Department for Work and Pensions to tackle unemployment across the Midlands

Our Interiors team devised and delivered a programme, in collaboration with the Department of Work and Pensions, to help long-term unemployed people across Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

The programme, which we are running alongside our projects on Wolverhampton Civic Halls and Brindley Place, lasts three weeks and consists of a weekly session, run by two people from Willmott Dixon Interiors. During the sessions, our people work with participants to offer guidance and support around careers and life skills.

The programme seeks to educate participants about careers in construction and routes into the industry. Alongside employability sessions, covering CV’s and interview prep, participants partake in personal branding sessions where they are encouraged to think and speak about themselves in a positive light and consider what skills they can bring to a role.

Throughout the programme, participants are given support and mentoring around their goals and moving forward with their careers.

The Mentoring Circles have had positive impact on all involved: they align with our customer’s goal to tackle unemployment in both cities, participants are growing in confidence and our people have benefitted personally from being mentors.

Our customer’s feedback shows that the Mentoring Circles had an impact on raising awareness across the participants, with many taking action to make a change.