Break the Barriers

Break the Barriers aims to inspire and support unemployed or economically inactive individuals with their work prospects. We assist those from disadvantaged groups such as immigrants, lone parents, young adults lacking GCSE qualifications, and BAME to increase their employment opportunities. This course will be delivered by our CELTA/TEFL trained teachers.

We offer practical and sustainable solutions to break the barriers by following a schedule tailored to the participants needs. These may include:

  • Outreach and engagement activities
  • Motivational activities
  • Skills and training support (ESOL, functional, digital & employability skills, GCSE)
  • Supporting financial difficulties – assistance available for provision of childcare, travel costs, etc.

The following areas are covered:

English for beginners – (English MUST NOT be your first language)

All applicants will be assessed and split into groups depending on their level of English language: Elementary/Pre-intermediate (A2) Intermediate (B1) Upper Intermediate (B2) The context, resources and methods will be adjusted to focus on work-related vocabulary and scenarios. In addition to this, participants will receive 60 hours of ESOL lessons over 15 weeks (4 hours per weeks) delivered by our CELTA/TEFL trained teachers

Specific Skills

The participant may wish to benefit from training for specific skills such as IT skills, numeracy skills, preparation for GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) or entrepreneurial skills such as raising and managing money, managing people, networking, marketing, productivity, SWOT analysis and understanding change for those who wish to start up their own business. This course is an alternative to the ESOL programme and designed for the participants who have already reached a good level of confidence in using the Language

Employability skills

We help you improve skills you may have lacked beforehand, this includes: communication skills, presentation, negotiation persuasion and influencing skills as well as writing a cover letter and CV, applying for a job, using LinkedIn effectively and interview skills. Our specialised team of instructors will ensure that there is a balance between theory and practice and will always offer guidance when necessary. Employability Skills will be covered for 5 weeks, 4 hours a week.

One to one counselling

This part of the course will focus on self-development, emotional intelligence, time management, creative thinking, resilience, self-motivation and preparation for interviews and job trials. These sessions take place every two weeks and aim to assist the participant during their job hunt and in general wellbeing. This session can also be used to discuss job search progress, as well as work experience.