- Refugee Integration through Dignity, Health and Employability RITHDE is a programme designed to offer a wide cross section of employability skills as a first step in the development of employment opportunities.
- RITDHE uses the E4 employability model which is digitally based, using a series of skills assessment and assignments to help refugees with limited economic and employment resources to develop their employability skills. In some cases, this will lead to opportunities for digitally based work experience.
- With 9 partners to engage directly with its partner network to develop and test the model, and repurpose for other groups i.e. homeless, sport, rural, etc.
Piloted Presented on 8th September 2018
Dr Tim Pacoe
Is the lead of CICUK and oversees all projects and chair the project steering committee. His work, which has been carried out with several bodies including community groups of all types, police forces, local authorities, government departments, health providers, businesses etc. He regularly chairs and presents at conferences and seminars worldwide. Dr Pascoe has supported all researchers to develop research, training and development projects to a wider cross section of audiences and contexts. From London metropolitan police officers through youth at risk of knife and gun culture to building capacity for local government and social enterprise development in EU and beyond. Tim has through his own consultancy background an international presence across 4 continents in the areas of crime prevention, social enterprise, youth employability, local and regional government capacity building, etc
Andre is an academic practitioner working for and with several social enterprises with extensive experience in teacher education, materials development, qualification development, teaching and learning across all levels of education, etc. In his role at E2, he is responsible for managing project development, promoting social innovation models and driving the Employability 4 model and social enterprise development.
Attendees: 12 people working with homeless refugees (include 5 homeless people)
- RITDHE Overview
- Project Partners: The Nottingham partners were introduced to the project and how the partners have engaged to create a vibrant social innovation partnership with the view to establishing a suitable framework for delivering a new model for enhancing the employability skills of new arrivals and people at risk of homelessness.
- How it works – Dr Pascoe outline how the model works and how it aims to empower participants
- What is a Dignity Diary? – Andre introduced the Dignity Diary concept and showed examples from the original model.
- Homeless Dignity – one of the Nottingham partners presented two Dignity Diaries from their community (but had not secure the correct permissions – so these were viewed and then archived, as the group felt that they could not be widely distributed).
- Building a cross and intra cultural dialogue (Understanding the ‘other’) – The group engaged in a detailed discussion on the nature of dialogue between different groups and people from different cultures and how the RITDHE model could be developed to enhance this interaction and ensure that the ‘voice of the other’ is heard in relevant forums.
- Introduction to Skills Audit – The team introduced the Skills Audit and supported the 5 homeless people to complete their audits, again it was felt that they did wish for the information to be shared beyond the group on the day. This was done in one to one discussion between the team and the attendees.
- Employability 4 model
- How it works – Andre outlined how the model works and how through the skills audit the participants can develop their knowledge of employability skills and begin a journey to improving their economic situations
- Why build employability skills? The group were given a task to reflect on employability skills
- The Employability A – Z – Andre run through selected elements of the A-Z with the group
- The E4 App – Partners were shown how to use the YES app
- The Skills Zone
- What are Employability Skills – Tim introduced the 8 skills areas
- How do I get Started? – The group were engaged to develop personal journeys through the digital assignments
- Steps to developing Skills – Andre and Tim role played a employability process and creating a plan (see slides)
- Digital Assignment zone – Tim outlined the different Digital assignments
The event was recorded by a recently settled ex-homeless person. A copy of the video can be found here (not it is very amateur but did empower the ex-homeless person who recorded it)
CICUK offered a set of workshops and webinars as below:
- Venue: Office 301, 133 – 135 Oxford Street, London W1D 2HY
- 16 March 10h30 – 13h00
- 23 March 12h30 – 15h00
- 30 March 14h30 – 17h00
- 14 April 12h30 – 15h00
The demand was limited with organisations that did respond asking to engage with the next phase of the project when the skills zone has been developed.