Get sorted this September with Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures is running a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5 September for 16-18 year olds who haven’t yet planned their next steps for further education, training or employment.

Young people who have just finished their exams or are aged 16 -18 and not currently in education, training or employment can come along to Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm to find out more about options.

Led by the Sheffield Training Provider network, training providers from across the region will be on hand to discuss the wide ranging options available and answer questions from parents and young people about their next steps.

Commenting on the opportunity for young people, Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employer Services says, ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to come in and talk to training providers from across the region about the options available to them going forward.’

‘It’s not just about the traditional routes into further education, there are lots of opportunities available, from further vocational or work related and life skills training to apprenticeships and college courses, so we really encourage young people and parents to come along and find options that are right for them.’

‘There are some really exciting opportunities, like the 12 week placement offered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue which involves being based in a state of the art fire station. The placement will focus on valuable life skills like teamwork, motivation and building confidence.’ She continues.

Get Sorted is on Thursday 5 September at Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm. Training providers in attendance include Sheffield College, CTS Training, Wildes Education Programme, Learning Curve, Pet Xi, Princes Trust Team Programme and South Yorkshire Police.

Sheffield Futures provides careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield and advisers will be available on the day.

Find us at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE. 0114 201 2800

Doing Good Business – Woofley Jubbley!

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Amanda had a long-term ambition to set up her own business as a dog groomer but was finding it difficult to get started. She was in receipt of benefits and a significant barrier she faced was access to start-up finance for equipment and clothing. Amanda had enrolled in a City and Guilds Level 2 in Dog Grooming and successfully completed the training in April 2019. She now intends to enrol on the Level 3 course in Dog Grooming and would also like to study pet behaviour and psychology.

Amanda’s Doing Good Business coach worked with her to set some achievable goals that would helpe her to develop her business.  The support included business planning that;

  • considered the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats connected to the potential business and an action plan was devised to overcome the threats and weaknesses
  • included a marketing plan that considered branding, web presence, networking and options for advertising and securing local customers
  • helped the client to choose a business and domain name:
  • provided one-to-one guidance regarding search engine optimisation for the business to rank higher in search engines such as Google
  • involved financial planning in the form of a cash flow forecast.

A huge barrier to progression was that Amanda did not have all the finance she needed to start her business. The Building Better Opportunities ‘Barrier Busting’ fund came in very useful and paid for the branded work wear that was needed. Amanda’s coach also found some local start-up funding to pay for essential equipment to get Amanda started in business.

Amanda notified her work coach at the Job Centre who then discussed the new Enterprise Allowance with her. Amanda can now develop her business whilst receiving benefit payments.

Working with Building Better Opportunities opened doors to start-up finance, courses and marketing for Amanda.

The support enabled Amanda to launch her business and she is now registered as self employed and has been working as a dog groomer for the past 6 weeks.

Amanda said: ‘I have tried for many years to find help to start my dog grooming business and found many barriers. Finding Doing Good Business has been amazing and, with their help, my business is now on the road to success. A big thank you from me!’

Amanda’s Doing Good Business Coach said: ‘I think Amanda’s success is due to her commitment to the process. She knew what she wanted and was willing to work with me as her coach to set realistic goals and work on agreed actions to move things forward.’

Amanda offers a dog grooming service from her base in Doncaster. You can visit her website here: Woofley Jubbley Dog Grooming.

Cycling to success – Josef’s story

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Josef attended college after school but didn’t particularly enjoy it and spent his time searching for employment. He needed a bit of support with his job search, so he contacted youth charity Sheffield Futures.

Brompton Fletcher, the bicycle manufacturer, contacted Sheffield Futures after they received a recommendation from Sheffield International Venues (SIV) for their free recruitment service. The business were looking for suitable candidates for a Support Operative roles, and Employer Engagement Officer, Alex Leonard, thought that Josef might be a good fit for the position.

Alex supported Josef to prepare to attend Brompton Fletcher’s Open Day, with four other young people, by breaking down the job description to show Josef how his skills matched those of the ideal candidate.

To make the position as accessible as possible, Brompton Fletcher did not ask for any qualifications, but instead said that they were looking for genuinely interested and motivated people.

Alex assisted Josef with interview preparation through mock interviews and took Josef to visit Suit Works, a partner charity that offers free tailoring and suits to clients with interviews.

At Sheffield Futures, Josef attended several coaching sessions to boost his confidence and ensure his attitude and morale remained on top form for his meeting with Brompton Fletcher.

At the Open Day, the team at Brompton Fletcher welcomed all candidates and gave them a presentation about the business, a tour of their building and a chance to ask questions before going back for interviews a week later. Josef was very professional and made sure to ask appropriate questions – plus he looked the part in his new suit!

Brompton Fletcher offered Josef a position and he is soon beginning a course of training that will give him a range of valuable skills including TIG welding, fabrication and metalwork.

Josef is very happy in his new position and received his first pay package in time for his 18th birthday and quickly understood the value of full time work!

Alex said: “Josef was a young man with bags of potential who was not in employment, education or training. We are so pleased that he has found a job with an organisation who want to help him unlock his potential!”

Richard Phillips, Project Manager at Brompton Fletcher said: “We are really pleased to have found Sheffield Futures and they have enabled a really smooth recruitment process to support our growing business. Josef has settled in well to Brompton Fletcher!”


Help at hand for those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’

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Mental health & disability top reasons for being ‘most stuck’

Help is at hand to support those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’ back into meaningful education, employment or training. Legacy 6 – an extension of the heralded National Lottery Community Funded Talent Match Sheffield City Region Project which got thousands of young people in the region back into education, employment or training – will provide focussed support for 20 – 24 year olds ‘most stuck’ as a result of issues including mental health and disability.

Data from Talent Match National Common Data Framework shows that those furthest away from the jobs market and therefore most in need of help are so because of a number of factors with mental ill health at the top of the list of reasons with 52 per cent of young people affected. 50 per cent have a disability and 43 per cent have a disability that limits their activities in some way.

Many young people considered furthest away from the jobs market are so as a result of experiencing abuse, unresolved loss, grief and extreme trauma in their histories and as a result of not having access to therapeutic mental health support they have essentially been left alone to deal with problems themselves which has only served to compound mental health problems which have eventually defined their lives.

Legacy 6 will offer a range of bespoke support for these young people that will help to tackle some of the biggest barriers to meaningful progression that include lack of qualifications, low self-confidence, low understanding of the skills employers are looking for, identifying career goals and accessibility issues. Support will include bespoke career planning and coaching as well as health & wellbeing support and exposure to real world employers as well as support with practical issues.

Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employment services at Sheffield Futures comments,

“Legacy 6 will give us the opportunity to focus on the young people with very significant life issues who need our support. The National Lottery Community Fund will support this work for one more year, focusing on 80 young people who are furthest from the labour market. We will use our experience from Talent Match to build on the fantastic work of the Coaches, and particularly to offer a wider range of support for those with mental health issues.”

18+ and looking for a warehouse job?

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Are you 18+ and looking for a warehouse job? Drop in on Thursday 1st Nov to find out more.

Need more information or can’t make it? Email: [email protected] 

Building a business with Doing Good Business

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After five years of being unable to work due to ill health, Stuart Jones’ health had improved to the point where he wanted to start working again. Stuart still suffered physical limitations which meant that he would struggle to fit in with a 9-to-5 work pattern, but he had developed good woodworking skills and wondered whether it would be possible to turn that into a small business which would give him the flexibility that he needed.

Stuart was referred to Doing Good Business by his Job Centre. He was unsure what help he actually needed at the time but, along with his coach Paul Davies, he soon drew up a development plan. He had experimented at home by making a few pieces of furniture out of recycled pallets and knew that he would need to find proper premises to work out of. Knowing that he would need eventually to sign off of Employment Support Allowance, Stuart looked at the possibility of using the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) to manage that transition.

Paul and Stuart met regularly and worked on producing a business plan and cashflow forecast, developing his sales and marketing skills, and understanding the legal stuff around running a business. Stuart found that this was more straightforward than he had imagined and his plan soon took shape.

He attended a social media workshop organised by Doing Good Business and got his application in for NEA. Paul also found premises that would be suitable for the business and, before he knew it, Stuart’s new venture was established in a business unit in Clay Cross.

He is now making and selling items of furniture, as well as small gift items on his website. He has also taken on some contract work fitting out a shop for a friend of a friend.

The process of meeting regularly, setting goals and reviewing progress and dealing with specific training needs enabled Stuart to keep focussed on what he wanted to achieve, and helped to build his confidence.

Stuart said: “Thank you for all the support [Doing Good Business] have given me over these last few months in helping me sort out a business plan. Paul has gone out of his way to come and see me at home as I had no transport at the time. Also the help he gave me in securing premises for my furniture making business was invaluable. The social media course was so informative and very professional – they are a great team.”

“I honestly do not know what I would have done if I hadn’t contacted the Doing Good Business programme. A massive thank you for your past and ongoing support.”

You can find Stuart’s business at or via his Facebook page.

If you are aged 25+, not currently working and living in one of the above districts, the Doing Good Business programme can help you.
Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund it provides free one-to-one advice, practical support to manage your personal circumstances, help to develop your skills, personal strengths and expert advice and guidance on key topics.

Warehouse jobs in Sheffield!

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Are you looking for a warehouse job in Sheffield? Come to Sheffield Futures on Division St tomorrow 10-2 to book your guaranteed interview!


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