Emma Benjamin

Hi, I’m Emma and I work as a Project Worker on The JOBS Project.

I am experienced in delivering Personal Development and Employability Programmes, and, working with partner organisations to maximise support and opportunities for participants.

I thoroughly enjoy encouraging and empowering people to help them overcome barriers to progression and achieve their goals.

Expansion of The JOBS Project

We are pleased to announce that our NEW London Jobs project site is now up and running. The new location is situated in Crystal Palace and straddles the boundaries of five London Boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham. We are looking forward to supporting and building connections in the area with referral partners and employers to continue to support young people into employment.

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Lisa Groves

Hi There … Lisa here
Let me introduce myself … I am new to the Barnardo’s family, but I am not new to working with young people.
For the last 27 years I have worked in FE colleges, supporting young people with their chosen vocations & career choices
My role here at Barnardo’s on The JOBS Project is to ensure our young people are engaged, motivated & feel inspired throughout their journey to employment
My teaching experience has given me a wealth of knowledge of which I am passionate about sharing with young people starting out in their working life
I look forward to meeting you on ‘The JOBSs Project’

Andrew Hopkins

I am an employability and training professional with over 10 years’ experience in working with a range of un-employed and economically inactive young people to address barriers to employment and career progression by providing bespoke support, advice and guidance through a wide range of facilitative training, talent development and learning techniques pertaining to the focus on skill enhancement to meet the expectations of today’s workplace.

I have a passion for people development and helping individuals identify, aspire to, and take steps to fulfil their own unique potential beyond ‘work skills’ to sustainable employment.

I believe that a work life balance is important for everyone. Outside of work I am multi-disciplined Martial Artist and hold the rank of ‘Nidan’ and run a Martial Arts School. I have found that Martial Arts like many of my hobbies coordinates the mind and body to respond calmly to stress in everyday situations in healthy measured ways.

Chris Dobry

Chris is a member of the Project Worker Team.

He supports the young people on The JOBS Project, helping to build their confidence and skills so they can explore different opportunities. He also helps them to develop career management skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques, through group work and 1-2-1 sessions.

Chris’s Fun Fact: “I am a cat dad of 2 – Bond and Moneypenny – I am a fan of James Bond!

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability support for The JOBS Project from Jermyn Street Design

The JOBS project is a partnership between Amazon and Barnardo’s to get young people aged 18 to 29 into employment with 7 sites currently open across the United Kingdom.

The JOBS Project Training and Delivery Manager for the Midlands and South – Mandeep Bassan has this to say about a recent generous contribution to the programme of interview clothing from the award winning Jermyn Street Design:

“As part of a positive experience through The JOBS Project, we aim to equip young people will skills, knowledge, and resources to support them into employment. One of these support mechanisms is to provide young people with interview clothing, and we have been able to enhance this element of the project with JSD’s generous provision of quality garments. Young people have been able to use these for their interviews as well as keep for the future. On behalf of myself, the team and each young person you have supported, I would like to say a huge thank you to the JSD team.”

Jerymn Street Design’s – Sustainability Specialist Lisa Cunningham-Sherret, who has facilitated the contribution of interview clothing alongside Lisa Whiteaker – Client Services Manager had the following to say:

“JSD have over 65 world-leading clients in more than 80 countries across the globe, Jermyn Street Design helps business build brand value through award-winning uniform designs, ethical and sustainable production practices, and promotion of wearer well-being and productivity.  Innovation lies at the heart of everything we do.  We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of creativity and design, ensuring that our custom clothing reflects your brand identity but also sets you apart.
Supporting a good cause like Barnardo’s not only benefits the organisation itself but also promotes sustainability. These garments serve a crucial role in empowering the youth during job interviews, helping them present themselves professionally and confidently. JSD takes pride in supporting projects like this, as they align with our values of social responsibility and sustainability, enabling us to make a positive difference in the lives of young people while fostering a more inclusive and environmentally conscious society.”

Rawand shares his journey on The JOBS Project for World Youth Skills Day.

“My name is Rawand, I am 26 years old and from North Iraq, the Kurdistan region. I moved to the UK in 2020 to seek asylum due to the ongoing conflict in my home country and the risk to my life. During my time living in Kurdistan, I attended university, and I became a qualified nurse, as I have always been passionate about helping people.”

“I arrived in the UK during the pandemic, which was difficult for me as I did not know anybody here, which meant I spent a lot of the time alone. However, I utilised this time to learn how to speak English and I taught myself how to paint.
Art is very much a passion of mine and I have always enjoyed doing it – it feels like an escape for me.”

“I have recently completed the Barnardo’s JOBS Project and I found it very helpful with building my confidence. It has also given me valuable employment skills such as the ability to create a CV, understand the job application process and how to be confident in an interview. The course has also helped me gain access to a hospitality programme, which will help me achieve my goal of getting a job. I am very appreciative of what Barnardo’s has done for me and I am looking forward to my future, here in the

The JOBS Project is helping young people in Manchester get employed!

The JOBS Project is actively supporting 18-29 year olds in Manchester.

The JOBS Project is supporting young people aged between 18 and 29 with employability skills, confidence building and much more.  All suitable applicants are guaranteed a job interview at the end of the course. We have various start dates through 2023/2024. The 8-10 week course is free to attend and reasonable travel and lunch expenses are reimbursed weekly.

Why not contact us and see how we can help you?.

For more info:

EMAIL: jobsproject@barnardos.org.uk   Or call, Angela 07842 324751 or Babs 07754 052698

Check out our Web-page and fill out the CONTACT US form: The JOBS Project

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Are you not in education, employment or training and are between the ages of 18 and 29?

We can help you into employment through a 10 week course which will give you all the skills and knowledge you need for a job. This is great to add to your CV!  Through this process, you will build on your employment experience, CV and interview skills alongside essential skills such as teamwork, communication and confidence building. We will provide support as you make the transition into work. The JOBS Project is working in partnership with Amazon.

All course materials are provided, and reasonable travel and lunch costs will be reimbursed to you.

The JOBS Project has dates running through 2024 and 2025 in Coventry, Dartford, Dunfermline, Gateshead, London, Manchester and Swansea with new sites opening soon!

Our course is a 10 week employability programme.  Attendance is required three days a week.

It is free to join and helps you gain the valuable skills needed for employment in 10 weeks, ending with a guaranteed interview with Amazon!

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If you are interested in this opportunity, please register your interest now by answering a few quick questions below and a member of the team will be in touch.