Getting ready for employment or Jobsearch: Skill Pods

Developing practical skills is a key part of our programme, and our ‘Skill Pods’ are designed to help achieve this. Essentially they are a series of informal lessons all very relaxed, normally offered on a one-to-one basis. They cover a range of topics from basic IT to a brilliant CV, learning how to use job search sites or preparing for an interview. Our Development and Skills Officers will support participants throughout.

Geoff and Jess, 2 of our 3 Development and Skills Officers

How Participants sign up for Skill Pods

Participants will already be working with one of our fantastic Peer Support Workers, and in discussion with them they can decide which Skill Pods might be useful to attend to help achieve the goals they are working towards.

The different sessions on offer can help participants take positive steps towards employment, job searching or volunteering, but these sessions might not be suitable for everyone which is completely fine. Participants who do wish to get involved will be contacted by one of  our friendly DSO’s and given a tailored plan to support their needs.

What our participants think

We get some great feedback from participants who have worked with us, and most would recommend their experience to others! Here’s what some had to say…

“Really lovely people to talk to and very supportive.”

“It was brilliant. I was listened to. Learning techniques I could use to apply for work.”

“I liked that it was informal so I could ask questions that I thought might be silly… My DSO’s examples were really helpful and made me feel more comfortable… I like that I have videos, templates and handouts to refer back to.”

Our support continues

Once participants have worked with our DSOs they will have new skills and feel much more confident to job search, edit their CV and attend interviews!

You’ll also have some fantastic resources to use in the future, such a templates, information sheets and links to handy HeadsUp YouTube video!

Click here to check out our information and resources section for useful tips, links and contacts