New GROW Partnership Programme

New GROW Partnership Programme

We are delighted to have received funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) for our new GROW Partnership Programme.  The ‘GROW’ (Growth, Resilience, Opportunities and Work) Partnership will be a largescale project, delivered by three partner organisations (Network Personnel, 21Training and Workspace Enterprises) The partnership will target 1,340 economically inactive individuals in 6 council areas of Northern Ireland, with the aim of supporting them to increase their skills levels, move closer to mainstream provision and take steps to secure sustainable employment or self-employment. 

GROW will be delivered in Antrim & Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry & Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh, Mid & East Antrim and Mid-Ulster.

Through a suite of holistic interventions, GROW participants will be supported to:  

  • Improve life chances through basic and life skills 
  • Engage with local services and mainstream provision 
  • Overcome barriers to work

GROW will provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ to address/remove health, wellbeing and other significant barriers to sustainable employment, in a regionally sensitive manner.   It will provide ‘small steps’ and ‘manageable’ holistic activities, rather than daunting ‘fast-track to work’ approaches to its target cohorts, which include:  

  • 50+ 
  • Disabled/health conditions 
  • Women 
  • Ethnic minorities  
  • Young people not in education/employment/training 
  • People with multiple complex needs 

Participants will engage with GROW for 4-6 hours per week, for an average of 4-6 months (dependent on need/aspirations). 

Support/mentoring will be provided by an appropriately experienced and qualified team.  

Health and social support will be bespoke to the individual, focusing on overcoming ‘personal’/socio-economic barriers and will be delivered via e.g. 1/1 mentoring, supported signposting, small group work/workshops and specialised interventions as required.  

Employability support will include e. g. CV/applications development, job-search and interview preparation support, provision of skills training in digital skills, essential skills, accredited/non-accredited qualifications, advice/support accessing further education/training, engagement with employers and volunteering opportunities.  

Intensive and tailored self-employment support will be provided for those who are considering entrepreneurship options.  

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