Another successful Raising Aspirations event took place in Brierfield this month providing attendees with a variety of resources, connections and opportunities to increase their employability, financial situations and all-around well-being.
The event, which took place at Brierfield’s Leisure Box, saw employers from across Lancashire setting up stands to interact directly with out-of-work attendees, or just those who have simply upskilled and were looking for a change of career.
Despite all this, Raising Aspirations is far from being another run-of-the-mill job fair. Lancashire Adult Learning organised and tailored the event towards improving the well-being of attendees in a number of ways. For instance, staff from Bupa were in attendance in order to administer free health checks, ensuring that everyone was fit to enter the workforce. If there were any problems with, for example, blood pressure – then they prescribed methods to reduce that to get those who needed it healthy and work-fit as soon as possible.
In addition, debt managers and financial advisors were on hand to assist anyone who had found themselves under the pressure of economic hard times – a burden with which people within our community are all too familiar in recent years. Other charity organisations were set up and ready to assist in a variety of ways, such as MPT (More Positive Together), who provide a number of services tailored towards improving job prospects for those who may need it. This includes providing free suits for interviews, developing new skills through training and generally increasing the confidence of all who utilise their service.
Once those in attendance are confident and ready to enter the workplace, then Raising Aspirations has them covered with a plethora of local employers on hand to provide information on job roles, invite candidates to interviews and even offer roles/positions on the day. Employers in attendance included; McDonalds, the Police Force, Wellocks, BT, 360 Health Care, Nelson and Cone College Group and Lancashire County Council – all of whom had meaningful interactions with potential candidates.
A total of 42 jobs were offered and 145 follow-ups arranged. The success of events like these can positively impact the lives of those affected for the better and as a college group, we look forward to seeing the sustained success of events like these in the future. Raising Aspirations will be back in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled on our events page for more info when it is published: https://www.lal.ac.uk/news-and-events/our-events/