How we help Education & Employment Education & Employment services All our services offer ways to engage people with the benefits of learning in various ways - for many this starts a progression towards more mainstream education, training, volunteering and employment. Our specialist projects support this pathway to empower people to achieve thier potential. The Academy The Academy model is provided in Nottingham and Lincolnshire. The Academy aims to create learning, training, volunteering and employment opportunities for individuals who have achieved abstinence. Students receive 1:1 support and a personalised continuing professional development plan to help students take the next step into education, training or employment. Our Connect+ programme is a blend of accredited Level 1 units and non-accredited units. Prospective students can join the course at a time that suits them, completing units that are relevant to their recovery journey and focusing on aspects of self-development and self-progression. Students also have the opportunity to achieve a Progression qualification at Level 1. Within our Mentoring Programme, students can achieve a Progression Award at Level 2 Qualification as well as developing the skills and experience required to become a Peer-Mentor. So much more than an accredited qualification... Here's what some of our students had to say about the accredited programmes within the Academy: I really enjoy meeting new people. I am learning lots to make my new path in life for a new career for something I really enjoy. The Academy will get me there. I learnt to keep achieving my little goals and to be positive in my thoughts everyday. My confidence has grown. I am now approaching situations I would usually steer clear of. Recovery Recruitment Recovery Recruitment is a Big Lottery-funded initiative, currently delivered in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Running since 2013, it was set up to respond to the needs of people in recovery who are ready and willing to find paid employment but lack the confidence and skills to do this independently. The project aims to: Increase confidence in accessing and applying for jobs Develop and pursue a personal pathway into education and employment Help people to find and sustain paid and voluntary employment Increase the numbers of work opportunities for people in recovery through building relationships with employers Build transferable work skills through an internal work placement scheme in Cafe Sobar Increase digital skills within our client base, equipping them for the present day job market Provide support to employers around the issues of drug and alcohol use in the workplace and how to support people in recovery wishing to return to employment What our service users say - "It has given me confidence to persevere and pursue my goals" "Without it I wouldn't even go and get an application form in the first place" "I am now undertaking the role of Team Leader within an organisation providing care for vulnerable adults" The project is usually accessed via a referral from mainstream drug and alcohol services, although if you would like to discuss a direct referral then please call Recovery Recruitment on 0115 824 0366 (Nottingham) or 01623 272003 (Nottinghamshire) or email [email protected]. If you would like to find out more about our support and training for employers please click here. If you are an employer wishing to find out how you can get involved with the project please click here. Building Better Opportunities The Building Better Opportunities programme aims to support people who are furthest away from the job market towards and into employment. Double Impact are delivery partners in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. To find out more click here.