Remploy are working with South Yorkshire Housing Association on the latest BBO (Building Better Opportunities) initiative based around the Sheffield City Region.
The purpose of this programme is to support people with complex needs enter competitive employment.
Economic inactivity is a major concern within the city region with 78% of the working age population who are without work being economically inactive. The latest research in SCRs Social Inclusion Strategy green paper provides stark evidence of the impact of ill health within the city region, with poor health being above national levels, this is a major barrier to employment.
The contract is based on the IPS Model (Individual Placement Support) and will be delivered within 2 years.
Remploy will have 2 advisors which will be known as Work & Enterprise Coaches in host sites within the Sheffield City Region. The host sites are centres who support people with learning and health & behavioural issues and, centres who support people with Alcohol and Substance abuse. People who attend these centres are able to access the BBO service via a referral process from the centre.
Within these host sites our Work & Enterprise Coaches will be teamed up with the centres Health & Wellbeing Coaches, to help deliver a structured customer journey tailored to the individual needs of the customer being referred through 1:1 sessions and coaching.
Sheffield Housing were keen to work with Remploy to access our wealth of experience in placing customers will multiple barriers in to employment utilising our bank of existing employers and, where customers are not quite ready for employment giving them the knowledge and tools to move further towards this goal.
Additional benefit of working with Remploy includes our specialist out of hours support service, called Remploy On-Line, for people experiencing isolation, mobility issues and the need to access out of hours support.
Building Better Opportunities - Sheffield City Region (BBO SCR) is an integrated, person-centred employment service for people with physical and mental health conditions, learning disabilities and complex needs. It’s based on Individual Placement Support, a “place then train” approach that’s shown to be twice as effective as traditional approaches. The BBO SCR Partnership will support 642 adults over the next 2 years to find competitive employment and training opportunities. BBO SCR has received £2.7million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.