The Face2Face project offers tailored support and training for young people aged from 15 1/2 to 24, who have had experience of either the care system or the criminal justice system.
The project aims to prepare these young people for successful independent living and to take advantage of job opportunities in the hospitality sector.
The project funded through the Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) and Highland Council covers five phases of activity.
Phase 1 lasts for 12 weeks and focuses on developing basic independent living skills and familiarity with working in a group. Phase 1 activities will involve 10 hours each week. At this stage the intention is to create the conditions which will allow beneficiaries to progress to phase 2.
Phase 2 is a part-time 6 week personal and professional development programme focussed on developing essential life skills through co-ordinated group work and structured daily activities. Although structured, sessions will be informal with an emphasis on enjoyment.
Phase 3 is a 4 week pre-employability programme covering essential skills such as interview techniques, job search and CV writing as well as industry visits and understanding employers’ expectations.
Phase 4 is a 4 week supported work placement.
Phase 5 is a 26 week aftercare support programme to ensure that progress is sustained and that transitional difficulties can be addressed with appropriate help and support.
The project which is based in Inverness will be delivered by Springboard working in partnership with Barnardo's.
After securing a placement we will continue to support you within your workplace and we will seek reviews from the employers on your progress and suitability for the role. Our aim is to help you find a job that you'll enjoy and hopefully the placements identified will lead to a more permanent option