Able, Capable, Employed project from Groundwork London.
Led by Groundwork London, the ACE (Able, Capable, Employed) project supports Londoners living with disabilities and long-term health conditions to return to the workforce.
In the UK in 2016, less than 50% of people aged 16-64 and living with a disability were in work, compared with over 80% able bodied.
We aim to bridge this gap by offering tailored one to one support and specialist advice to hundreds of individuals, matching them with and preparing them for suitable job opportunities. We continue to provide in-work support once they are placed, making it easier for them to thrive in their new workplaces.
We also provide direct support to employers, helping them to identify and adapt vacancies within their organisations, and ensuring that capable, prepared and well suited candidates make the most of and succeed in these roles. We understand that sometimes it might take a few weeks for the client to adapt to the role and so we offer employers support with the wage costs for that period.
Shak, Ocean View Café
Prior to accessing ACE, Shak had spent most of his adult life in local authority supported services. He had minimal work experience. Shak lacked confidence but he wanted to work in a customer-facing role and was determined to improve his customer-service skills.
Through ACE, a social enterprise called Ocean View Café offered Shak a six-month waged work trial as a Trainee Barista. Supported by our Job Coaches, Shak mastered the art and can now make all the coffees on the menu.
Jamie Squire, Manager of Ocean View Café, is really happy with Shak’s progress: “With the support of ACE we could offer Shak a work trial, and we hope he will progress to full-time employment with our café, or at a café with a partner organisation.”
Shak loves his job, is full of confidence and is optimistic for the future: “This job makes me so happy. I used to be called a service user and now they call me Shak the Barista.”
The ACE project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund through the Building Better Opportunities programme.
If you would like to talk to us about offering job opportunities, or if you are looking for support to get into work, please contact us on +44 (0)20 7922 1230 or ACE@groundwork.org.uk
First posted Friday 13 October 2017