The project will be funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through European Social Fund, to assist people over the age of 16 with overcoming the challenges that many face when looking to obtain employment. The programme will support individuals who are; not currently in part-time work or on a zero-hours contract, economically inactive (including those not working who are claiming benefits), have complex needs/multiple barriers which are impacting on their ability to obtain paid employment or requires support to fully and independently engage in existing services and are living in the Lichfield, Cannock, Tamworth and East Staffordshire areas.
This fantastic opportunity will provide individuals with a chance to regain their confidence through a series of initiatives designed to ensure they are job-ready such as:
- Confidence and Motivation workshops
- One-to-One Mentoring
- Information, Advice and Guidance
- CV and Application Form Support
- Job Search Support
- Volunteering Opportunities
As an NSAR accredited rail training provider, the company will be providing those learners that join the programme through the project with a fully funded three-week course. The course includes several key competencies that will offer them an excellent grounding on which to build their rail career and ultimately position them as ideal candidates for perspective employers.
The bespoke course has been designed to meet the needs of today’s rail employers and includes; a Rail Standard D&A Test + Medical (Mandatory Prior To Enrolling On The Course), Full PPE (Helmet, Gloves, Goggles, Safety Boots, Hi-Vis Over Trousers, Hi-Vis Wet Weather Jacket & Hi-Vis Vest) the Personal Track Safety Course AC/DCCR with Track Induction (Sentinel Card Included), Emergency First Aid At Work, Behaviour Based Safety, Access Overhead Lines Construction Sites (OLEC1), Small Tools Training, Asbestos Awareness and Environmental Awareness.
Furthermore, the trainers will assist the learners in developing their own CV’s that are tailored to the individuals skillsets as well as focusing on building their portfolio with a designated job coach. To increase their opportunity of gaining employment, each delegate will be issued with a portfolio of employers’ contact details for both rail and construction (primary contractors, sub-contractors and agencies).
During their time on the course the learners will be able to take advantage of the company’s state-of-the-art IT suite based in Birmingham. The learners will also be provided with the opportunity to gain essential track experience, when they visit the company’s dedicated training facility based at Seven Valley Railway. Whilst there they will be able to put the skills and knowledge they have learnt to use whilst operating within a safe and controlled environment.
All rail trainers have been approved and accredited by National Skills Academy for Railway (NSAR). Furthermore, ATS Management and the Health & Safety and First Aid trainers are approved and accredited by Highfield Awarding Body of Compliance and/or Ofqual.
ATS has extensive experience in assisting local authorities and government funded agencies, such as Birmingham City Council and Talent Match, in delivering these types of courses and assisting people from a range of diverse backgrounds to overcome the barriers they are currently facing with employment. The success of these projects has already enabled a substantial number of job seeker claimants to stop their dependency on benefits and begin their journey into an exciting new career in rail. A significant portion of those that have successfully completed this course before have been placed with several well-known companies that include; Babcock Rail, Carillion, Network Rail and Midland Metro.
Ultimately, the success of these projects will help to reduce the numbers of unemployed people in the UK as well as help to fill the significant skills-gap that the rail industry is facing due to an aging workforce.