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The GREAT project - skills for finding jobs and access to IT facilities

GREAT Project

The Getting Ready for Employment or Training (GREAT) Project is a programme designed to help individuals within families, who are currently out of work, move towards employment or training. Individuals are given support to overcome any barriers they face through a variety of channels, including one-to-one sessions and work placements.

The project is a partnership of multiple organisations, inlcuding Leicestershire Couty Council, and is delivered by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, a charity dedicated to bettering the lives of the local community. The GREAT Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Work Clubs operate within libraries, ensuring participants have access to IT facilities outside of the Work Club for job search and self-employment research. They deliver:

  • CV writing skills
  • Job search using computers
  • Guidance on how to fill in application forms
  • Use of email
  • Interview skills
  • Links to training and volunteering

The Work Clubs offer a holistic approach which is focused on the needs of the individual participants.

Having Work Clubs in local areas ensures they have the flexibility to support specific local needs across the whole of the county and city.

Getting on the GREAT Project

The Community Lottery Fund

Getting involved in the GREAT Project is a fantastic way to take the first step toward employment or training.

If you feel your family could benefit from the project, or you work with a family who would like to be referred, please fill in the GREAT Project contact form or call us on 0116 257 5020.

If you are an organisation and wish to contact Leicestershire County Council about this project, please email

The GREAT Project is jointly funded by the Community Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL Project)

Work.Live, Community Fund and ESF logos

A partnership of 8 voluntary and public-sector organisations led by local sight loss charity Vista have been awarded £2.4million funding from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund through the Building Better Opportunities programme.

The Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) partnership will help over 500 people who are unemployed or economically inactive and living in rural Leicestershire move into job search, training, or employment.

After consulting with over 200 people across rural Leicestershire, the programme will focus on filling gaps in current services, providing access to holistic, tailored support and break down the barriers to people entering work or learning.

Working across rural Leicestershire, the programme will help people to improve their health and wellbeing, gain skills and work experience, and have improved confidence, motivation and social engagement.

The programme will also work with employers to identify and develop supported employment opportunities and to embrace inclusive recruitment.  As well as helping people move into job search, training or employment, the programme will also enable and facilitate local people to start their own business through a business advice programme.

The programme will run from January 2019 to June 2020

For further information please contact or call 0116 3053565

This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

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