Training and Employment

Team members at our Barista social enterprise in Sutton in Ashfield

We provide extensive education, volunteering and employment services to a wide range of people and communities. 

Our Goal

Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion and give homeless and vulnerable people the very best chance of a successful future. We believe the best way of doing this is to develop their skills, to build their confidence, and to support them into employment. That’s why we run a specialist training service and a range of social enterprises.

What we did

In 2015/16 we supported hundreds of people to learn new skills, develop their confidence and find employment. They included Framework service users, and a wider population needing help to enter the labour market.

Our five social enterprises supported people to gain skills and experience in the workplace, whilst our rebranded Skills Plus training programme – offered to every Framework resident to promote independent living skills – was delivered to 381 people at 936 different sessions. Sessions covered cooking on a budget, household budgeting and tenancy advice.

We were also able to induct 98 new volunteers, who gave their time not only to help Framework and its service users, but also to boost their own skills.

Our EVE Works employment service also helped 216 people to find employment and supported another 217 people into work placements. The service also achieved its 1,000th successful job entry during the course of the year. A further 60 people were helped into employment by our EVE Trades services.

Our Impact 

Impact of Framework intervention:

  • 276 people supported into employment
  • 98 new volunteers inducted 

Tracy had not worked for a long time before she came to Framework.

“I STARTED VOLUNTEERING IN ORDER TO GET OUT AND ABOUT AND BOOST MY CONFIDENCE. I DIDN’T THINK I’D END UP IN WORK AS A RESULT, BUT FRAMEWORK REALLY HELPED ME TO FEEL ENGAGED AGAIN. I DID ALL THE TRAINING AND THEN HAD PLACEMENTS AS A MENTOR AT THE LAST ORDERS ALCOHOL SERVICE AND THE WOMEN’S COMPLEX NEEDS SERVICE, WHERE I NOW WORK FULL TIME AS A NIGHT SUPPORT WORKER.”

When Pauline was homeless, Framework gave her far more than just a roof over her head.

“MOVING OUT AND INTO MY OWN FLAT WAS A REALLY BIG STEP FOR ME. I WAS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER I COULD COPE ON MY OWN. THE SKILLS PLUS SESSIONS HELPED ME TO LEARN SO MANY NEW THINGS AND REALLY GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED IN MY NEW HOME.”

 2016/17 The Year Ahead

From 2016/17 we will be leading an exciting new employment project with £4.6 million in funding from the Big Lottery / European Social Fund as part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme. The project is called Opportunity and Change - A Pathway to Work. Framework will lead the partnership of more than 20 organisations to support people with multiple and complex needs (combinations of substance abuse, repeat offending, mental ill-health, homelessness and domestic violence) closer to the employment market. This will be one of the biggest projects we have been asked to deliver and will support people in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

We will continue to operate a range of social enterprises, including our Barista coffee shops, our EVE Estates Management company, our practical skills training workshop, and our cycle maintenance Bike Club.