Life changing training course for Coventry residents

A free training programme which gives local people the skills and confidence to get into work or volunteering has seen 65% of participants go on to volunteering or paid employment.

Improving Lives is a four week training course run by Voluntary Action Coventry for Coventry residents who are over 18 and unemployed. The course helps develop community connections and demonstrates how skills and employment prospects can be improved through volunteering. 

Since it began in 2019, 152 local people have taken part in the programme and benefited from activities which identify strengths,skills,and areas for development along with one-to-one job application and interview support. During lockdown, the training moved online with sixty participants continuing to take part. 

A recent Zoom participant said: 

“I started full-time work ten days after finishing the Improving Lives course within an administrative role for a mental health team. I'm pleased to report it is going absolutely brilliantly; despite the challenges of having to learn everything remotely I've settled into the role really well, am learning something new every day but it's absolutely great.” 

Imran Ali, Volunteering Officer at Voluntary Action Coventry said: 

“It’s an absolute pleasure delivering the Improving Lives course and seeing first-hand the difference it makes to the individuals who take part. Volunteering is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to develop their communication and teamwork skills, build confidence, and gain valuable experience while contributing to the community.” 

Coventry residents who are over 18 and unemployed can register for the next training course which starts on Wednesday 24th November by contacting I.ali@vacoventry.org.uk 024 7622 0831.