The Coventry Skills Summit

Sue Ogle, Director of Operations and Development at VAC attended the Coventry Skills Summit in March

The summary of discussions at the event are now available (here).  Of particular note was the recognition given to volunteering, in particular as a route back into employment … the benefits of volunteer positions as a way to train up people who have been long term unemployed or have suffered with low self-esteem that has kept them out of employment. Volunteer positions help employees understand their strengths and weaknesses and understand their own personal motivations to work.

VAC offers a range of support through Accelerate, Progress and ConnectMe that help people to prepare for work by undertaking volunteering as a first step and have seen the positive impact volunteering has had on clients that are now ready to move into employment.