Building Better Opportunities
Building Better Opportunities is designed to help local people move closer to or into employment, improve lives and secure the future prosperity of Worcestershire. Fusion has been successful to date in being awarded two contracts which have brought a £2 million investment into the county to support this.
BBO commenced in Worcestershire in October 2016 and has brought together 12 delivery partners with specialist subject knowledge of housing, homelessness, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, criminal justice and mental ill health offering all of our participants a safe and informed route to move them forwards.
“Tailored, one-to-one support to get you back on track and remove barriers to work. From the day we meet you to your first pay cheque, we will be on hand to support you to gain the skills needed to move into work, life coaching and personal development at a pace that suits you and your circumstances. No matter what stage of your employment journey, Fusion through Building Better Opportunities is here to help."
Building Better Opportunities is funded through the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. From 2014 – 2020, £11m of European Social Funding became available to invest in 'Social and Economic Inclusion', tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
The Worcestershire programmes developed to invest this money have been shaped by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership according to local priorities with a requirement for the European Social Fund funding to be match funded. The Local Enterprise Partnership have 'opted-in' with support from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver parts of the European Social Fund programme that focus on employment and skills, such as Building Better Opportunities.
Fusion will initially work with more than 700 participants across Worcestershire with a target of at least 600 of these achieving a positive outcome by either gaining employment, returning to education or training, or actively engaging in job searching. For Fusion, the most important outcome is helping as many people as possible move into employment.
With dedicated one to one support from one of Fusion’s Job Coaches across Worcestershire, we will design a personal package of support based on an individual’s needs and circumstances. By recognising and building on their strengths they will gain the skills and confidence to enter the world of work.
Our Job Coaches work closely with each individual participant to understand their needs and provide guidance and support – from training, education and skills requirements to self-development and personal empowerment. They liaise with the Building Better Opportunities Employment Engagement Team to tailor match employers vacancies with Building Better Opportunities participants ensuring both parties receive the best possible service and outcomes.
See our case studies to hear how participants have benefited from the Building Better Opportunities projects.
Fusion's employment engagement officer Laura Sharratt works with Vestia as part of the Building Better Opportunities team to build lasting partnerships with local businesses to create employment, training and work experience opportunities for participants on the Building Better Opportunities programme.
Benefits to employers:
- Help to build relationships with your local communities and customers.
- Enhance the productivity of your workforce.
- Help to recruit and retain hard working, loyal employees.
- Build staff morale and strengthen team relations contributing to the health and wellbeing of your employees.
- Build reputation and brand awareness to promote your social investment.
“I work closely with our Fusion Building Better Opportunities Job Coaches to fully understand each individual participant and their needs. With my previous business development and recruitment experience, I can tailor match employers vacancies with Building Better Opportunities participants ensuring both parties receive the best possible service and outcome.” Laura Sharratt - Employer Engagement Officer.
If you or anyone you know is unemployed and would benefit from the one-to-one support that Building Better Opportunities can provide, please contact Vestia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01562 733 133 and ask for a member of the Vestia Building Better Opportunities team.
Fusions contract management team have a wealth of knowledge of European Social Funded programmes and entry to employment services. The compliance standards that Carrie, Richard and the team have implemented within Fusion have placed the two Building Better Opportunities projects in a strong position to deliver the desired outcomes successfully and are amongst the top performers across the country.
Carrie is an experienced compliance and quality auditor with over 13 years’ knowledge of the education and training sector. With a varied background in external funding Carrie is able to implement and monitor successful quality and compliance systems to satisfy external contract requirements.
Richard has over nine years experience in Employment Services, previously working for the DWP in a variety of operational and strategic roles. He has extensive knowledge of the Welfare to Work sector and is passionate about the difference employment can make to communities and peoples lives.