Youth Development Programmes

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Embrace has provided holistic work placement schemes now since 2000 and they are at the core of our operations. We have realised that many young adults need practical experiences in order to gain skills and abilities. Combining job skills training with communication and personal development workshops during their work placements enhances the job outcomes.

Embrace always prepares students who come to us in order to assess them and to fill gaps in their provision prior to coming to us in order to get them ready for their work experience. During the work placement the students always receive further training (cultural/ linguistic preparation) and a presentation about their LifeDream concludes their stay. This is also the focus of their work placement because it makes them think what they want to do with their professional life and whether their chosen path is what they wish to do for the foreseeable future.

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We have a success rate of people taking up employment or further/ higher education of around 65 - 75% of participants from the different areas.

Embrace hosts around 80– 100 students from Europe for work placements in the UK each year and we also send around 60 – 90 Initial Vocational Training (IVT) students abroad.

We work with over 50 different placement providers in the UK, from non-profit grass roots to commercial enterprises.

Embrace provides work placements for students in Initial Vocational Training (IVT) from the UK and from abroad, job seekers from the UK and from abroad and also for those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). We have a success rate of people taking up employment or further/ higher education of around 65 - 75% of participants from the different areas. Embrace hosts around 60 – 80 students from Europe for work placements in London each year and we also send around 50 – 80 initial vocational training (IVT) students abroad.We work with over 50 different placement providers in London, from non-profit grass roots to commercial enterprises.


Overview
  • 3 - 13 weeks holistic
    placement scheme
  • Placement preparation
    (Personal Development, CV writing, job skills training, linguistic preparation, conversation skills)
  • Placement period
    (in a suitable and approved placement organisation)
  • Placement bridge period
    (additional one-to-one support, job applications, mock interviews, project & business planning)
Placement Opportunities
  • Crafts and Trade/ Environment
  • Retail/ Media
  • Marketing/ Sales
  • Office/ Project Administration
  • Project Management
  • Hotel/ Catering
  • Youth Work/ Social Support Work

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My Story

“I am a young woman, born in 1986 in Somalia, I entered the UK 3 years ago to save my life from the Civil War in my Home country. I graduated from High School in Somalia and had no work experience at all. It was very difficult for me on arrival to the UK, but with the help of Social Services I understood the UK system better. I was very happy to have escaped the war and decided to study and get an interesting and well paid job. To improve my English I went to college part-time. The language barrier was one of my biggest problems, so I could not do any work placements, but I was extremely concerned about fi nishing my situation of unemployment as soon as possible, improving my language and study Pharmacy.


With the help of Embrace I did a 3 months placement at Fieldwork International Ltd as Administration Assistant. I helped the project workers with admin, fi ling and answering phone calls. The Life Dreams project during the time at Embrace helped me to work on my goal to study pharmacology and to be strong and independent from inside. Now I am back to college doing a course in pharmaceutical terminology. My aspirations are to go to university.”


Placement Opportunities for those with Supported Learning

At Embrace we are passionate about aiding in the support and development of those with disabilities or learning difficulties. We have developed and orchestrated several successful projects in this area. These projects entail work placements abroad. The participants gain valuable experience in many different fields such as:

  • Team work
  • Working independently
  • I.T. and networking
  • Painting and decorating
  • Manual skills in the production of technichal goods
  • Communication skills
  • Housekeeping skills
  • Problem solving skills