In the current climate we all know how difficult it is to get a job and stay in employment. But if you are facing additional barriers or may need extra support it is even harder.
Apex Works changes people’s lives through jobs and training. We’re a charity based in Leicester – a small organisation with big ambitions. Since 1982 we have helped thousands of people from vulnerable and marginalised groups gain skills and jobs.
We were set up initially to help ex offenders get jobs after leaving prison and we now work with a wide variety of people who face barriers including those with disabilities, carers, lone parents, young people and homeless people.
Often those who come to us for help have been turned away or not been given any support from other recruitment and job agencies. We give one to one advice and personalised services including help to look for and apply for jobs, prepare a CV, go for interviews and continue to support people when they start work. We also offer training and deliver a range of courses from literacy and numeracy to IT.
Our newest scheme, Apex Enabled, was launched to help people with learning disabilities prepare for the world of work. We offer a personalised package of support tailored to individual needs. We help service users gain skills and training and get real work experience. We’ve opened a purpose built café at our headquarters, Apex House in Leicester city centre. Here service users can gain confidence in a safe work environment, learning a range of skills and supplying a great service to everyone in the building. We’re now looking to expand Enabled to support people with other types of disabilities too.
From July we’ll be marking our 30th anniversary, a time to celebrate our successes, reflect on changes and focus on the future. We are having a year of events, research and campaigns to raise the profile of what we do and who we help – some of the most vulnerable and least heard members of society. We’ll be kicking the year off by publishing research we’re currently carrying out with employers. We are looking into their attitudes towards giving people from marginalised groups jobs and what support we can give to help overcome any barriers, which are often just due to lack of understanding or misconceptions.
We are a charity and funding from contracts, local authorities and other bodies has reduced at a time when there is a greater need and more demand than ever before for our services. We are now expanding our fundraising efforts and aim to go from strength to strength so we can keep helping to change people’s lives for another 30 years.
To find out more go to www.apex-works.co.uk
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Telephone: 0116 261 6510
Originally posted 2012-06-02 21:00:01.