Government agrees with Belina – Children’s Centres are the place for parents to get employability support #GRoW

Hidden in the detail of the Autumn Statement was a small item that raised a big cheer at Belina. The Government has allocated £5m to pilot the use of Children’s Centres for employability support. The funding has gone to the Behavioural Insight Team, more commonly known as the Nudge Unit.

Belina will be submitting evidence of our work over the last seven years in Children’s Centres and advocating their use because parents trust them, they are community based, and they hold people for four years.

We will also be talking about our new GRoW – Get Ready for Work – programme, which will be launched on the 11 December and rolling out next year. Through GRoW we will Train  Children’s Centre Staff, so they can directly help parents develop CVs, interview skills and business plans for self-employment. GRoW builds on Belina’s successful employability, confidence and motivation programmes delivered over the last seven years.

In a press release to mark the launch of the programme Liz Sewell said

“Our experience of supporting parents back to work in over 50 Children’s Centres since 2007 means we understand parents, Centres and employability – we want to share that knowledge and so we have developed GRoW.” GRoW will be a catalyst for Centres to develop their own employability support. We welcome the announcement that the Government also wants to invest approach, and we will be sharing our knowledge with the Behavioural Insight Team.

For more information tweet @BelinaNews #GRoW.

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