The COVID-19 pandemic has had an incredible impact on the job market and people’s personal finances. The added strain of lockdown, and the current discussions of racism and wider societal change has put a huge strain on home life and people’s mindsets.
In response to these factors, we have designed a 6-week virtual support programme as part of our ‘Diversity Works’ project. The focus of AAI’s programme is on individual empowerment and is designed to provide people with the tools to improve their personal and professional circumstances.
The programme is focussed on individual empowerment and is designed to provide people with the tools to improve their personal and professional circumstances.
The initiative is open to minority ethnic men and women from all walks of life to access tailored support in employment, finance and managing life at home, with resources delivered through online events and one-to-one coaching.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this programme only for residents in Scotland?
Diversity Works is supported by the Scottish Government, so is primarily focussed on supporting minority ethnic people in Scotland. There is some, limited, capacity for participants from the rest of the UK.
Does the employment support include all sectors of industry?
The skills and tools developed in the employment track will be relevant whatever your chosen career path.
Do you have examples of success rate in supporting diverse communities across the labour market?
AAI has always championed 'equality of opportunity' and has supported 4x large projects focussed on BAME employment in the last 3 years. AAI is also currently supporting a diversity and inclusion training programme with employers in Scotland which is creating jobs for diverse jobseekers.
What is the weekly commitment for this 6-week course?
There will be a range of pre-recorded content, written exercises and live Zoom events. The commitment should be less than 5 hours per week.
Is it too late for other people to sign up to the programme?
If you have a friend or a partner who wants to join the Diversity Works programme they must complete this questionnaire and sign up here before 29 June.
Can we choose more than one track?
You must make a choice to focus on either personal finance, employability or home life.
What are the costs involved?
Diversity Works is completely free. There are no hidden costs.
How do you submit your reflections/work?
You can submit any written work via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the programme delivered?
The programme is delivered through a mix of live Zoom events, pre-recorded content and worksheet resources. One-to-one coaching is booked by participants and conducted via Zoom.
How does the one-to-one coaching work?
Individual sessions with our Mindset Coach Ross Pollard can be booked in advance and will be conducted via Zoom. These sessions will last between 30 mins to an hour and is a chance to speak more about your circumstances and how to best develop a positive mindset.
Benefits of attending:
- Get tailored support for your current concerns
- Meet like-minded people in a supportive community
- Gain a sense of balance and control
- Learn new skills
- Boost your employability
- Access upskilling opportunities
- Understand the new job market
- Build a healthier mindset
The programme will run throughout the rest of June, finishing 31 July with a specific focus on your individual needs through live and recorded sessions as well as one-to-one support.