“It was a pleasure to work with Michael who is so professional and efficient he sees the good in everyone and is very compassionate. He is also great fun and always makes you smile even in tough situations. It was a privilege to get to know Michael and I have no doubt he will continue to make others lives better.”Paula Ash CertRP
As a social enterprise, Activate Your Career has a commitment to support people who may not be in a position to pay full fees for our services. We reinvest profits to provide bursaries on a merit by merit basis and by way of a short, written application process.
Alongside my careers coaching role with Activate Your Career, for the past seven years I’ve worked for a national charity that supports disadvantaged people to find employment and vocational training opportunities. Their clients usually have deprived and challenging backgrounds. In turn, they have a range of barriers which often need to be addressed before sustainable work can be achieved. Enabling people to seek additional support if required, to volunteer and to take up training is important to help them to gain confidence and self esteem, which are commonly at rock bottom. This blended approach enables them to secure ongoing employment. With a combination of my life coaching and careers coaching skills working really well, as it does with all my Activate Your Career clients, I would like to offer my experience of working in these ways with people through our bursary scheme.
Issues where a bursary may apply can include redundancy, long term unemployment, housing difficulties, alcohol and drug dependency, domestic violence and perhaps most commonly health conditions and disabilities. Mental ill health, neurodiversity issues and people with learning difficulties are most common. Additionally, those on very low wages can apply for a bursary as access to other employment programmes, such as the one through my charity role, are usually denied to such people as they don’t meet the prerequisite criteria of being unemployed.
I use my coaching skills and style to support people across the board and when the time is right, help them to address their employability skills shortages by supporting the writing of cvs, guiding job search and applications and in turn teaching interview techniques. Many obtain jobs and sustain work so please don’t let our standard fees get in the way from applying to Activate Your Career for the help you need.