He believed that if people were skilled and employable they could help themselves out of poverty - a case of a "hand up" rather than a "hand out". The Salvation Army went on to open the nation's first ever Labour Exchange in 1890.
Today, people who are unemployed need more help than ever to find and stay in work. Every person has worth and it is our desire to help all who are willing to work, irrespective of their starting point.
Becoming part of a community where you are building your confidence, skills, and discovering new things about yourself - these are some of the positive benefits we've seen people gain from being in work, volunteering or taking part in a work-experience placement through the help of The Salvation Army.
We offer support with employability skills to help people become job-ready, to get a job and to stay in work and we do so as a locally-based organisation operating from more than 1,000 locations. As such we deliver employability contracts and community outreach works in our Employment Plus locals. We help people furthest from employment, through their journey by offering a listening ear and supporting people with complex needs where possible.
We also provide short-term work-experience placements, which are arranged at a local level, this includes working with local Job Centres and independent welfare to work providers. People benefit from gaining work experience, a recent reference and in gaining confidence - and they also help their local community. No placements are in place of paid work and we trust our local representatives to provide valuable professional experience.
We offer support around digital inclusion as digital skills are also increasingly important in economic participation. Digital skills are increasingly important for use in finding employment and using e-services. However, increasingly there is recognition that digital inclusion is not only having physical access to the internet, but also having the necessary skills, confidence and capabilities to use the internet. It is challenging and isolating living without the benefits of the internet, and this is the reality for one in five UK adults.
Sustainable employment transforms lives giving individuals choice and freedom where before they were trapped within poverty. To sustain employment a number of other factors also need to be addressed as part of the transformation. This transformation is not only true for the individual but for those around them and also for their community.
Those engaging with the Employment Plus local will benefit from support such as:
- Learning progressions and qualifications
- Assisted Job Search
- Digital Inclusion
- Benefits advice and support
- Listening ear