Learning for work

ETHOS Project

The hardest learners to reach are the homeless, so why not help those at risk of homelessness? ETHOS links securing living accommodation to finding employment, training or education. We work in partnership with five local councils (Elmbridge, Guildford, Mole Valley, Epsom & Ewell, and Tandridge), and three housing associations (Circle Housing Mole Valley, Paragon Community Housing Group and Rosebery Housing Association) to support to over 300 people per year.

Job Workshops

We work closely with Jobcentre Plus and local organisations to provide ongoing support to help job seekers into employment, further learning or volunteering. Those attending job workshops undertake a skills analysis and produce a personal action plan for getting back to work. Often other skills are needed and we arrange for support to be provided with learning, for example basic IT, numeracy, literacy and ESOL.

Other Activities

In addition we are accredited to offer employability courses leading to ASDAN qualifications and to offer British Computer Society ECDL L1 and L2 qualifications. Both are excellent qualifications for preparing to return to work. Some seeking employment have complex needs and we engage with partners locally to find solutions; for example ensuring that they receive expert support with mental health issues, or have access to existing grants for clothing for interviews.