“Active Plus has an enviable record in helping people become ’job-ready’ which is vital in meeting the needs of the individual and the employer”

Carleen Kelemen, Institute of Directors, Devon and Cornwall

Back to Work

There are many reasons why people find themselves out of work or unable to overcome the barriers that prevent them from getting a job.  Active Plus Works helps by supporting unemployed and economically inactive people to rebuild their confidence, and gain the key employability skills that every employer is looking for.

Active Plus Works builds confidence and self-belief. Focussing on future potential rather than past mistakes or circumstance, jobseekers and military veterans work together to follow instructions, work as a team, improve time-keeping, and develop good communication skills.  .

Working under pressure, overcoming challenges and coping with change is something that all our military veterans have experienced. Jobseekers learn interview techniques from trained interrogators, personal presentation and communication skills from people who worked in military intelligence and teamwork from people who relied on others in life-threatening situations.

Even more powerful than that, participants are learning from and working with people who have themselves been out of work through illness, injury, time in prison or inability to cope with everyday life. The personal journeys that the course tutors share with participants are often the biggest motivator of them all. You can read some of the military veteran stories of change on our case-study page.

Linn from Plymouth was referred to an Active Plus course by her Jobcentre Plus adviser. She had been receiving Employment Support Allowance and has lost confidence in herself and her abilities. Linn tells her story in her own words here

Laura Wood, from St Ives, was the only female to take part in the Active Plus Local project in Penzance. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder she was referred onto the course by Jobcentre Plus. Read Laura’s story here

Becki Brown and Chris Wheeler were both very sceptical about the benefits of attending an Active Plus employment course in Penryn, but it was a catalyst for both of them. Read their story here

We gather feedback after each session we deliver, from all of the people who attend our courses. This helps us to continuously improve what we do. We also ask for feedback on our military veteran course leaders as this helps them with their own journeys of recovery and employability. To date, over 65% of people who attend our back to work courses go on to undertake further training, work experience or get a job and 87% of the people who go into work, stay in work.

Health Works for Cornwall: Funded by  the European Social Fund (ESF) and Cornwall Council this is an into work programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The programme is supporting 5,500 unemployed or economically inactive individuals, who have health-related barriers towards employment.

Active Plus are playing a key role in this partnership, delivering Well to Work courses that build confidence, improve motivation, unlock potential and empower people to embrace change. Our Health Works for Cornwall team support participants through a Seven Steps to Wellness journey, that includes goal setting, employability skills and into work support. They will help people to address any underlying key challenges, remove barriers to employment and develop strategies to break the cycle of ill health.

Cornwall Development Company (CDC) is leading a partnership of 10 local organisations, all of whom have been specifically chosen because of their expertise, based on decades of experience in running programmes with the identified target groups.

For more details contact Lucy on 07415 888830 or email LucyR@activeplus.org.uk


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