Working with our network of delivery partners, Inspiralba established Spark Your Purpose to provide Pre Employment Support for young people age 16 – 24 in December 2021, extending the programme to include those age 25+ in April 2022. Spark Your Purpose has supported 135 participants in the first 9 months and has been extended until end of March 2023, to support a further 102 pre employability participants and to pilot wage based placements for 8 participants. The programme is delivered with support from Argyll and Bute Council and the Local Employability Partnership, with funding from Scottish Government; Young Persons Guarantee and No One Left Behind.
Programme overview here
Support includes assistance from a local coordinator (from one of the Partner Support Organisations), exploring what interests and aspirations they may have, discussing potential opportunities, with everything and anything (within the scope of the law and health and safety) considered to ignite a spark of interest and inspire engagement in the programme. This could be anything from.
Exploring a new hobby or skill – e.g: Learning to DJ or create electronic music; An opportunity to visit a wildlife project; An opportunity to be involved in an arts project…
Gaining a qualification, certificate or licence – eg: An opportunity to gain a CSCS card for working in the Construction Sector, Food Hygiene Training and Certification; Support to gain a provisional driving licence and help with driver theory or training…
Increasing wellbeing and confidence – eg: Support to join a local gym or access swimming sessions. Connection with a wellbeing coach, yoga sessions or mindfulness…
Programme Overview and Delivery Partner Contacts: We recognise the focus is on building levels of Confidence & Resilience; Aspirations and Belonging. Summary of Programme, including delivery parnter contact details available here: Argyll pre employment support summary and contact details v2
Evaluation and Feedback from Phase 1 – January to March 2022 Spark Your Purpose – Meeting 21 April 2022
Inspiralba: A social enterprise providing development, management, funding and evaluation support for the community sector.
Just enterprise is a business support programme which aims to support growth in revenue and employment in the third sector in Scotland. Over the past 3 years Inspiralba has provided just enterprise business support to 45 organisations in Argyll and Bute.
Examples of Support Provided via Just Enterprise:
Oban Communities Trust: A charitable company established in 2014 to take on ownership of the former Rockfield School building on behalf of the wider community.