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Meet Stuart, your Skills 4 Work coach

Skills 4 Work is a completely free, 1-2-1 employment support and coaching programme.

It’s open to anyone living on the Isle of Wight, 16 and over and not in any paid work.

Stuart is our dedicated Skills 4 Work coach

I’ve lived on the Isle of Wight since 2012, and have been working in the Employability sector since then.

Initially I coached people with disabilities – some had never worked before, so I found it immensely satisfying watching them grow through our coaching sessions and starting jobs they loved.

One of the things I love is working with people to address things that have been holding them back, such as:

  • confidence
  • knowing which jobs to apply for
  • ID documents
  • travel
  • childcare
  • qualifications
  • CVs
  • interview skills
  • digital skills or access

That’s why I’d really encourage people to join Skills 4 Work. It’s a great opportunity to invest in yourself.

You’ll get support from a helpful and knowledgeable team, who are backed by the combined expertise of Sovereign and its partners.

And Skills 4 Work is a listening programme. We hear what you want to achieve and work with you towards making it happen.

How does the programme work?

All it takes is four easy steps:

  1. Email or call 0300 5000 926.
  2. Have a relaxed chat with her about why you’re interested in the programme and what you’d like to get from it.
  3. Sign up to Skills 4 Work and gain access to everything it offers, including:

         - as much 1-2-1 coaching as you need
        - free training and qualifications
        - ID support, travel and childcare costs
        - CV and interview prep
       - job searching support

   4. Achieve your goals!

How is Skills 4 Work funded?

The Solent Supporting Employment (SSE) programme aims to reach and work with individuals facing complex barriers to employment, including BAME communities; people with disabilities; long-term unemployed; and people experiencing factors such as mental health issues, age or homelessness – enabling them to move closer towards or into employment.

The three year £1.76m SSE Grants Programme is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and is part-funded by the European Social Fund, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and HIWCF donors. 

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