Helping you ACHIEVE

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If you’re struggling to find work then our Tenants First team can help you break down the barriers and move towards employment.

Thanks to our European Social Fund (ESF) programme we can offer you tailored support and training to skill you up for a better future and find that job you want.

If you or your family live in a Berneslai Homes property; are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit or Job Seekers allowance; or not working and receiving other support (such as ESA or pension) then this programme can help you. This is a voluntary program and will not affect your benefits. Please read the criteria list below to check you’re eligible to join the programme.

Here’s an overview of the help we can provide:

  • Confidence building
  • Digital inclusion and IT skills
  • Vocational training
  • Job searching and CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Support with benefit advice and finances
  • Support with your mental health
  • Childcare support while you access the above
  • Licences, interview clothes and travel costs could be funded

It’s easy for you to join us, text the word ‘BHOMES WORK’ to 87800 and we will call you back to talk you through how we can help.

You can also email us at workandskills@berneslaihomes.co.uk or call us on 07385 4077 31 or 07385 4077 32. We will call you back to discuss the way forward.

Am I eligible to join the ESF programme?

You must fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Long term unemployed or inactive (26 weeks or longer)
  • Have a barrier to employment, such as but not limited to
  • Lone parent
  • 50+
  • Ex-offender
  • Have current caring responsibilities
  • Have a physical disability or health condition
  • Mental health
  • Learning disability
  • Drugs/alcohol dependency
  • Be of ethnic minority
  • Have low or no qualifications (below level 2)
  • Language barrier

Please note you can’t join the programme if you’re:

  • A full time student
  • On a zero-hour contract (unless you’ve not worked in the last week and have no work pending. You will also need to complete a self-declaration)
  • Are at risk of redundancy
  • On furlough (job retention scheme).