Thousands of our residents’ lives are changed for the better each year as a result of finding jobs with the help of our employment and training programme that is free to all Clarion residents and people living in our communities.

Our trained employment advisers provide one-to-one tailored support to anyone looking for a job, whether it is their first step on the career ladder or they are hoping to return to work after time out of the labour market. We offer careers guidance, interview training, job placements, apprenticeship opportunities and access to training, as well as supporting people as they progress in their career.

Clarion Futures has supported more than 15,000 people into work since 2017. This achievement has been made possible by the partners we work with, which include major employers such as the NHS, Morrisons, Department for Work and Pensions, and Royal Mail.

Every year we give grants to help hundreds of residents achieve their dream of starting their own business. Sophie Lytton, from Suffolk, is one of them. She has been able to turn her hobby of making sensory boxes for babies into a business and said: “Without the encouragement and support of Clarion Futures I may well have given up, but they gave me confidence in my business and my product, and with their help I was able to develop it and grow it quickly.”

A new start

One of the people we have supported into work is Binnur, 61, who had experienced a loss of confidence after being out of work for several years due to ill health. Having been a Clarion resident for several years, she contacted us for help having struggled to find work alone.

Binnur received tailored support, with a dedicated employment adviser providing advice and guidance to improve her digital skills, update her CV and prepare for interviews, as well as putting her forward for jobs that matched her skillset. This led to her securing a temporary role at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) processing benefit applications at the height of the pandemic when there was a high volume of new Universal Credit claims. Thanks to ongoing support from her employment adviser, she has since been promoted into a permanent role helping other people find work.

Binnur said: “The support I’ve received from Clarion Futures has been life-changing. They helped me not only improve my skills and update my CV, but rebuild my confidence and thanks to them, I’ve secured a permanent job with the DWP as a work coach. It’s amazing to know that I’ll now be able to pass on the advice and guidance I’ve received to help other people like me find work.”

Taking the lead

We are the lead partner on Love London Working, a £34m employment programme part-funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the Greater London Authority. More than 6,000 unemployed people have been helped into work by the programme, which will run until 2023.

We are also a key partner in Increase VS, which is part of an Interreg France (Channel) England programme helping unemployed people over the age of 16 to find work or start their own business. Increase VS provides training opportunities, financial support, skills development, and work-related training. It also provides individual support with job applications, CV writing and interview practice. The cross-Channel programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Clarion Futures in parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex.

And in January 2021 we secured funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), working with partners to offer hundreds of six-month paid work placements for unemployed 16-24 year olds under the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

Want to know more?

Please get in touch with us for more information about our work and training programme. 

Email the Jobs and Training team