OUR UNIQUE FLAGSHIP COURSE IN IMPROVING CONFIDENCE AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Since 1997 over 7000 people across the North of England have successfully completed the course with most participants progressing into employment, training, volunteering or further education.
Designed for unemployed adults aged 19+, the LAB Project is a two week course combining team working, confidence building and communication skills, working towards participants delivering a drama workshop in a school during the second week. There is also the opportunity for participants who complete the course will gain an accredited Level 1 Award in Progression.
This is followed by development of individual action plans, a tailored progression route for each participant and follow up sessions working alongside individuals for 6 weeks following the course.
"Very effective… underlining the important message that everyone has the skills and the talent to make a difference."
The late Paul Goggins, M.P
A THREE TO FIVE SESSION COURSE HELPING PARTICIPANTS TO IDENTIFY WHAT IT IS THEY WANT, WHERE THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE AND TAKE PRACTICAL STEPS TOWARDS GETTING THERE
LAB Wellbeing is based on NEF’s five ways to well being: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Supported by their peers and experienced LAB Project staff, this course will help participants take the first steps to a more positive future that they have chosen for themselves.
LAB Wellbeing is aimed at adults who can self identify mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing problems. It is possible for individuals to take part in both the LAB Project and LAB Wellbeing
"Proper Job play a crucial role in achieving better health outcomes for participants of their projects, particularly around improving their resilience and emotional health and wellbeing. This contributes to the goals of the local Health and Wellbeing Strategy which are improving health and reducing inequality. Proper Job are a hugely valuable resource for our residents."
Tony Cooke - Head of Health Improvement, Kirklees Council
AT PROPER JOB AND IN PARTICULAR ON OUR LAB PROJECT WE WORK CLOSELY WITH A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE INVALUABLE TO THE WORK WE DO
At Proper Job we recognise the value of volunteering as a positive step towards employment as well as developing self esteem, helping individuals progress. On LAB Volunteering learners will be given the skills they need to be assertive, valuable and move forward in a volunteering role.
The course will also give learners the opportunity to find a volunteer placement which best suits their needs and interests.
"After being a participant and volunteering on The LAB Project I have gained a new sense of who I am and what I`m capable of. My confidence increased immediately and I have gone on to do other training and volunteer work with Lifeline Kirklees as a Community and Recovery Champion. Volunteering with Proper Job and the LAB Project spurred me on to decide what my future career would be. I have now passed the Level 3 in Education and Training, the first step to my plan of being a teacher/tutor in Adult Education. My advice to new volunteers would be to, open your minds, have a plan of where you want be and learn all you can from the staff and other volunteers on The LAB Project, oh yes, and enjoy it all!"
LEARNING WORKS, PROPER JOB THEATRE COMPANY AND RAVENSTHORPE COMMUNITY CENTRE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PARTNER TOGETHER TO CREATE LAB SPEAK UP
LAB SPEAK UP improves confidence and language skills through combining methods taken from the successful LAB Project and ESOL sessions.
Embedding drama, role play and ESOL techniques the course encourages the students to practically apply their new found language skills in a safe, supportive environment.
Tutors who specialise in both LAB and ESOL offer comprehensive support.
Throughout the course learners will learn new words, phrases and useful language whilst they develop confidence and assertiveness, meaning they are ready to move forward into employment, further education, volunteering or whatever their chosen path might be.
Funded by Community Learning Works, a new initiative from Kirklees Council to identify new ways of learning and current gaps in existing provision.
Tutors focus on developing the core skills that learners need in order to succeed in their next steps. As a result, learners improve their self-esteem, develop new interests and demonstrate an eagerness to improve their lives further. For example, at the end of their course, learners on accredited programmes perform in a drama production at local schools. The production is linked closely with the school curriculum on citizenship and helps to tackle misconceptions about older people among school children. Learners make positive contributions to the education of children in their local community.
From the KCAL Ofsted report, 2019
Rated "GOOD" by Ofsted