EOS: Adding value by helping people back to work
At an EOS employment centre jobseekers can access practical work experience, skills training, vocational qualifications and accreditation across a range of sectors
At its six Employment Centres across the West Midlands, EOS is helping thousands of long-term unemployed people back into work through the Work Programme, a government employment scheme launched in 2011
Each person EOS supports faces different and often complex barriers to work – this means they may need support to address social issues, personal barriers or disabilities in addition to tuition in job search and interview techniques.
At an EOS employment centre jobseekers can access practical work experience, skills training, vocational qualifications and accreditation across a range of sectors including catering, construction, warehousing, fork-lift operation, health and fitness, office administration, security and retail.
This training and support is geared towards the demands of the jobs market by providing fully-trained, work-ready candidates to fulfil a range of immediate vacancies with the diverse range of private, public and voluntary sector employers EOS works with.
For individuals, accessing the right support can be life-changing while making a positive difference to their physical health and emotional wellbeing. Jennifer, 44, had been unemployed for more than two years when she was referred to EOS. She was struggling to get back into work due to problems with her family, which had led to depression, alcohol dependency and low confidence.
Jennifer had initially been referred to an alcohol treatment specialist in Birmingham to help with her addiction while she was trying to win full custody of her children. Meanwhile, her employment adviser at EOS’s Employment Centre in Aston, Birmingham, remained in contact and helped her move towards employment. They worked together on developing Jennifer’s CV and interview techniques, set up an email account and also helped with job searches to boost her confidence.
As soon as she was ready Jennifer secured a work trial at a local sandwich house that was close to her children’s school. Jennifer excelled in her work trial and was soon offered a permanent position. Jennifer has also received ongoing In-Work Support to ensure a seamless transition into employment. EOS provided her with a bus pass, vouchers towards buying work clothes and support with managing the transition from welfare benefits.
Jennifer said: “I finally have my confidence again and feel as though my life is back on track. The support I received was excellent. I learned how to deal with my alcohol addiction through life skills and relaxation techniques, and I appreciate everything that has been done to help me find a job that I enjoy and be closer to my children.”
EOS is one of a number of providers working with jobseekers and employers in delivering the Work Programme. You can find out more about the scheme here.