Rotherham United Community Trust launched their employability provision in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2020. They focus on working with individuals and groups facing the most complex barriers to work, with the overall aim to enhance employment prospects by offering everyone their own personal career guidance and action plans.
From mock interviews to confidence building courses, RUCT offer a range of opportunities to help participants gain new skills. Over the few years this has been running from the New York Stadium, they have seen success in many participants and one of these success stories is Ben.
Ben Twynham has been on a Youth Hub contract since the start of 2023, after a referral from the DWP. Over the 9 months RUCT have been working with Ben he has completed a traineeship that helped him develop new skills and practice them in real life environments.
The traineeship that Ben completed looked at areas such as behaviours in the workplace, customer service, money management whilst also helping Ben develop skills when looking for jobs such as effective job searching, practicing mock interviews, and how to write an effective CV.
As part of the traineeship Ben also completed a 2-week placement with Rotherham United Community Trust in business administration. We spoke to Ben, and he told us, “I have come a step closer to finding meaningful work. The traineeship has helped me develop the skills and knowledge with looking for future employment.”
“The opportunity has allowed me to become aware of the area of work and industry I actually want to pursue.” The support that RUCT offer does not end at the end of a traineeship, RUCT help develop a progression pathway to further enhance opportunities.
Ben visited the Rotherham Opportunities College in mid-July and has now started attending there 4 days a week on a supported internship. This includes a placement in Hellaby, alongside also completing his Maths qualification.
Sarah Gunn, Employability and Skills Officer, said “From starting the traineeship Ben’s confidence has grown immensely. He became an active of the group and would openly participate in all activities and discussions. Despite challenges that Ben may have faced, he has overcome them and demonstrated a willingness to achieve his long-term goal on finding employment.”