The Employee Career Progression Route Programme was funded through the European Social Fund (ESF). This ATN partnership with Manley Summers was designed to benefit both the employee and the employer.
Employees were offered relevant support which was designed to improve their skills and their employment prospects. This included undertaking appropriate training, gaining qualifications, soft skills and individual mentoring which was aimed to improve job security and future career prospects for the employee. This programme was for employees who have been in paid work for at least four months (continuous employment that does not have to be with the same employer) and for those who were earning less than £8.77 per hour. An increase in hourly pay rates, more hours of work and progression from a zero hour contract to a fixed hour contract were some of the aims of the programme for employees.
The programme was also designed to be beneficial for employers. By placing staff on training programmes and courses, it enabled employers to upskill their workforce, train staff to meet current legislation, improve staff retention and to employ new and experienced staff members.
The programme offered training on Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, First Aid at Work, COSHH and Manual Handling. Additionally, staff could also receive accredited or non-accredited training on customer service, administration, team building, IT or other soft skills. Not only did these trainings result in staff developing and progressing in their job roles, but it also allowed for employers to have a workforce who have a skillset that is in compliance with Government legislation.
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