Skills for life

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


"You’re not bothered what we’ve done in the past…it’s about what we can do. I’m gaining lots of experience. You’ve given me a good chance to show people that I can work which is what I want." Resco Programme Graduate.

The Resco Programme is a life-changing, 16-week employability programme with proven success of ending unemployment and dismantling poverty in the UK. The programme supports some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society whose backgrounds include offending, homelessness, mental health issues and addiction. Since its conception in 2014, the Resco Programme has contributed to ending 361 years of unemployment and is on target to end 500 by 2019. Recognising that the causes of worklessness are complex, we have created an innovative solution that provides beneficiaries with a unique combination of work-experience, training and tailored interventions based on individual support needs. Founded on our belief that business is one of the most powerful tools for dismantling poverty, the Resco Programme is hosted within a commercial furniture and appliances business. This enables us to offer participants real-life work placements where they can attain key skills and experience in warehousing and customer service.

The Resco Programme offers a unique combination of:-
• Work experience placement; on the job training in a fast-paced business.
• Training; a combination of accredited training and life skill training including mind-set for employment, professional conduct, cv writing, interview skills, money management, self-management, presentation skills and industry specific training.
• Mentoring; weekly one-to-one employment focused mentoring.
• Tailored interventions; literacy support, IT training and confidence coaching.
• Access to our job club Mission Employable, CV masterclasses, mock interview days and opportunities to attain a City & Guilds qualification.

Funding from the Aviva Community Fund would cover the cost of:-
• An additional 5-10 places on our life-changing employability programme (70 individuals would directly benefit each year).
• 25 life skills training sessions delivered by a highly experienced NLP Practitioner. (Please see above for examples of training modules offered).
• 25 sessions at our job club "Mission Employable", offering participants highly focused support with job hunting, CV writing and applications.

Funding would enable us to realise the following strategic aims:-
• To end 500 years of unemployment by 2019.
• To support 500 individuals through the Resco Programme by 2019.

The Resco Programme is distinct from other employability initiatives as it provides real-life work experience which resources participants with transferable skills, renewed confidence and a positive mind-set to empower them to overcome challenges and sustain future employment. Our expert team is committed to transforming the lives of the local community, empowering individuals to be self-sufficient and contribute more fully to society. The holistic and relational approach in which we carry out our work enables us to tackle the root causes of poverty and long-term unemployment and create a supportive environment where participants flourish.

Testimonials from Resco Programme graduates and our supporters:-
"They haven't just changed my working life, they've changed my life".
"Above and beyond everything else, thank you for giving me back my confidence".
"Thanks to Resco I can re-enter the workplace with a fresh CV, a new reference and qualification".

"Resco provides an outstanding service to offenders in Feltham in preparing them for employment. The Resco Programme team are exceptional in the holistic support they provide to clients, consistently going above and beyond to believe and invest in people and develop their confidence and skills for work". Feltham Young Offenders Institute.

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The Resco Trust

Moment of Pride

We are incredibly proud of the impact that our work is having. In 2016/2017 we provided:-
17360 hours of work experience, 208 hours of training, 221 hours of one to one to one literacy support, 434 hours of mentoring. This contributed to ending 132.5 years of continuous unemployment.

Location: Hounslow