Who are we?
Forwards is an all age, all disability employment service. Our vision is to enable people with disabilities and health conditions to achieve their employment aspirations. We do this by providing individuals with the structured support they need that promotes independence and fulfils their ambitions. Our service is defined by the success of our customers. We work closely with a number of partners, from health providers to employers and voluntary bodies.
The Education team supports young people on their Post 16 journey into further education and employment and enables them to become active members of their community. We work closely with education establishments, training providers, GCC education team and community organisations.
In partnership with GFirst the 30/30 challenge has been relaunched. 30/30 is an initiative which promotes the idea of “work awareness” sessions for young people. It is not work experience but the chance to see what a company does, it might be they are interested in the company or a particular sector.
Meet the Team
Community Placement Broker - Mark Joyce
The role of the community placement broker is to provide support to young people who are in education and need support to gain employability skills. This can be through volunteering or work experience. The young persons journey is bespoke to meet their needs.
The Community Placement Broker and young person will create an action plan and discuss if there is any other form of support they may need i.e community activities etc.
“Mark has been working closely with young man who recently found his work placement had come to a sudden end and has since caused his anxiety to increase. Mark had a long meeting with both the student and his mother and has worked closely with them to find a new suitable work placement for our student. Mark fully understood the needs of the individual and tailored his new placement to match these. This young man is fully embracing his new work placement and learning new skills and improving his communication. “
Post 16 Advisor - Nasim Bhula
The role of the SEND Post 16 Pathway Adviser is to help raise the aspirations of young people with SEND by developing pathways to appropriate Post 16 provision which will support them to live fulfilling and independent lives.
Together with other professionals engaged in supporting young people with SEND, the Post 16 Pathway Advisor promotes options for young people with SEND based upon the four transition pathways: Employment, Education, Community, and health & Social Care.
The 30/30 Challenge
The 30/30 challenge is designed to offer students who are disadvantaged (SEND, NEET, at risk of NEET, Young Carers, Care Leavers) the opportunity to experience the work environment.
Young people will have the chance to engage with opportunities offered by Gloucestershire businesses to schools. Opportunities could be anything from a 1 hour tour, a day insight, workshop to a week work placement. Businesses are able to decide the type of activity that they can provide. This initiative is supported, administered and run through Forwards Employment Service and GFirst LEP.
SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Advice Support Service) are launching an interactive website called the Future Me.