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Coronavirus Update

We are working hard to ensure we maintain our support to people wishing to access Education, Employment & Training during this difficult period and want to assure you that our service will remain open, with all our Employment Team still working from home.

With the Deaf Cultural Centre closing, we are no longer able to offer face-to-face support, but we can still support you in a number of different ways.

Remember, we support people who are profoundly deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, visually impaired, have a disability or a long term health condition.

We will do our utmost to continue to provide you with a high quality service and to communicate with you in appropriate ways to meet your needs.

If you are an existing client accessing either PURE, STEP Ahead or our Volunteer Coordinator please contact your Coach directly using their mobile or email address.

Employment

The Government advice is to stay at home, but if you are interested in employment during this time, there are many employers in a variety of sectors with many urgent employment opportunities including:

Retail – Supermarkets are looking to recruit thousands to help ensure food is reaching people

Care – there are many people that require urgent care

Fruit pickers

Volunteer opportunities - with the NHS

We can support you to access these opportunities.

Also, for those affected by the Coronavirus, who may have been made redundant. We can support you to access employment in a new sector until things return to normal.

Education & Training

For those unable to leave their homes, we are working with people to ensure they are ready to take up work once this situation has ended. We are supporting people to improve their skills through online training, including:

- Confidence
- CV and application form preparation
- Interview preparation
- Behaviour in the work place
- Travel training
- Access to work
- BSL for international learners

Contact us

Telephone us, text or FaceTime using mobile during office hours 07702 532824
Email us at employment@bid.org.uk


Employment Support

Many people with a disability need support to help them look for a job or to access employment and education opportunities, so our service has been specifically designed to meet their needs. As well, employers can lack confidence in employing people with a disability, with many not aware of the Government's Access to Work scheme, which can help meet the cost of reasonable adjustments in the workplace.

Our employment service supports deaf and hard of hearing people who are looking for a job, or want to move into education or training. We can deliver the training in different ways including British Sign Language.

Looking for a job
If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, the employment team can provide you with support to access further education, employment and training.

We offer a full employment support service through one to one appointments or group activities and training:

  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Support with accessing further education, training or volunteer opportunities
  • Career Planning
  • Completing a CV and application forms
  • Confidence building
  • Job search and job club
  • Interview preparation
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Improving your English, writing, IT and Math skills
  • British Sign Language (BSL) for international learners

PURE Project
BID Services are also delivering a project called PURE in partnership with Birmingham City Council. BID's PURE Employment Service provides specialist employment, education or training support for Birmingham residents who are over the age of 25 who are not currently in education, employment or training.

For more information or support, please contact us

Email: employment@bid.org.uk

Mobile: 07702 532824

Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:00am - 7:30pm. Fridays from 9:00am - 4:30pm