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Training, skills, and employment support

Our Tenants First team are here to help and support you if you’re unemployed or not currently in education or training.

Funded by the European Social Fund, we work with partners to support our tenants and their families to overcome barriers, access education or training, and move forward to gain employment.

Our support is tailored to your needs and the help we can offer includes:

  • Support with low-level mental health issues
  • Financial management
  • Confidence building
  • Digital inclusion and IT skills
  • Vocational training
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Job searching
  • Childcare support while you access the above
  • Licences, interview clothes, and travel costs (funding available)
Tenants First support with training, skills, and employment


We're pleased to be part of the Government funded programme, Multiply, helping adults improve their numeracy skills. The project aims to boost people’s confidence and ability to use maths and numbers effectively in daily life, at home and work.

It shows them that numeracy skills can be used in a fun way to encourage and support them to access more formal learning. This includes helping people attain a formal qualification to open doors to new jobs, career progression and/or further study.

We’re doing this through a series of fun, interactive workshops and events run in partnership with local primary schools across the borough, with the aim of engaging parents and carers who don’t currently have a GCSE grade C or above in maths. 

If you want to know more about the Multiply programme or how to access the workhshops please email workandskills@berneslaihomes.co.uk


They include:

Home budgeting – Through a fun taste test they’ll discover how to save and make their money go further.

Paediatric first aid - Learning the essentials of first aid. The class covers: CPR, choking, bumps, burns, breaks, bleeding, febrile seizures and meningitis and sepsis awareness.

Make up and nail art – They will learn the correct application of their own eye makeup including, bright colours, evening and occasion make up, blending, correct application of eyeliner and mascara, brow design and easy application of strip lashes. This will be followed by the opportunity to practice some stunning nail art designs.

Keeping children safe online - our workshop will help to understand how kids experience the online world and show resources and tools that could help keep children safe and empower them to guide children on their journey.

Case Studies

Take a look at our inspiring case studies from tenants who we've helped and supported. 

ACHIEVE team Mike

Mike was struggling to find experience and a full-time job after successfully completing his qualifications and purchasing all the tools he needed.

Our ACHIEVE team helped him produce a CV and he was given the opportunity to undertake two days’ work experience within our Construction Services team.

We’re pleased Mike has now started working for Berneslai Homes as an electrical apprentice.

ACHIEVE team River

River, aged 18 asked for help from our ACHIEVE team after completing a GCSE in Childcare Development.

Our ACHIEVE team helped River with her CV, interview skills and even helped her with an interview outfit.

River has found her dream job as an apprentice at a local nursery. We’re pleased River is now feeling confident and happy.  

ACHIEVE team Joan

Joan asked for help from our ACHIEVE team. A lack of opportunity to learn digital skills over many years has left her feeling vulnerable and isolated from family and friends. She was also struggling to do daily tasks online.

With help and support from our ACHIEVE team she’s now using the internet, online banking and connecting with her family and friends using social media. We’re pleased to see that Joan is confident, happy and enjoying life.

ACHIEVE Programme Case Study (900 × 500Px)

Liz was one of 72 tenants who joined our Community Boost 'Have A Go' sessions between April to September 2022.

The sessions were funded by Barnsley Council through the Community Renewal Fund, making them free for eligible unemployed residents living in the central Barnsley ward.

Participants had the opportunity to access 30 hours of training, learning about things like home improvements and DIY, beauty and hair extensions, macrame fashion and homewares, and much more.


Lara, a single parent wanted to set up her own business around her son. She asked our ACHIEVE team for help after attending our Self Employment workshop, as she wanted to set up a messy plan group for toddlers.  

Our ACHIEVE programme helped to support Lara financially and funded the cost for her to attend several courses and purchased some messy play mats to carry out the activities. The team also helped Lara with a business plan and to register her business.  

We’re pleased to see that Lara’s new business The Ccribb is up and running and providing lots of fun messy play for toddlers to enjoy. You can find out more about The Ccribb here.

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