Personal Coaches offering tailored support

This project aims to support unemployed people who are furthest from the labour market to overcome barriers to move towards and into sustainable volunteering, education, training or employment in Essex.


Personal Coaching support for local unemployed:

Coaching: resilience; employability skills;

Tailored careers guidance to develop realistic job goals; CV creation/ tailoring; job-matching; workplace behaviours; employer expectations..


Access to accredited training to address skills gaps including Basic Skills, ESOL; discretionary budget for certificated training/development activity not available elsewhere to raise aspiration


Start-UPs: Information,advice guidance via Ixion’s Develop/Grow Your Enterprise training programmes

Money management

Debt advice via National Debtline, Money Advice Service and local partners; understanding/ accessing credit; Better Off Calculation to ascertain viable hours/earnings and Universal Credit conditionality thresholds 

Volunteering and work placements: 

to build skills including tasters to inform career guidance and supported placements with volunteer mentors.

Personal development

Confidence building, life skills, tailored support e.g. opportunities for ethnic minority groups with ESOL needs to practice language skills through group visits to key employers.

Employer involvement: 

Develop sector routeways with key employers offering progressive routeways tailored for participants, and develop Skills Academies in regional growth sectors 


A pilot project with Langley House Trust to provide accommodation for people with severe housing need with embedded coaching and support.

Into-work transition: 

action planning and three months’ practical support to promote sustainability including childcare. 


• Unemployed or economically inactive 

• Age 19 or older (or young people who are aged 16–29 and who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and young people aged 15-18 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET) 

• Legally resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in EU member states 

The project will have a specific focus on individuals who are out of work due to difficulty sustaining employment. This includes, but is not limited to: 

• People facing multiple disadvantages in accessing the labour market, particularly those with multiple personal issues (eg: Health, Deaf or hearing impaired people, Learning difficulties and disabilities, Ex-offenders) 

• People from BAME communities who are unable to sustain employment; 

• People with housing difficulties who are unable to sustain employment; 

• parents in workless households who are unable to sustain employment. 


Southend-on-Sea: Kursaal, Victoria, Milton 

Basildon: Vange, St Martins, Lee Chapel North, Fryerns 

Thurrock: Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park, Tilbury St Chads 

Harlow: Little Parndon & Hare Street, Todbrook, Netteswell, Great Parndon, Sumners & Kingsmoor 

Jaywick: Golf Green  

Clacton: Pier, Alton Park, Rush Green, St James, St Marys