ACH offers West of England Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance 

Article by:  
Abdi Mohamed  
Board Secretary | ACH Bristol 
ACH offers Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for specific workforce and community groups in the West of England. 
 
Imagine that you are striving to gain employment after a period of unemployment or make a career progression, but where do you usually go for help or information and guidance? At Ashley Community Housing (ACH) we deliver Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to help our tenants and clients not only to achieve secure employment but realise their career aspirations too. 
 
Realising your career ambition can be a real challenge if you do not receive appropriate advice and guidance at school or college, but it is a daunting task if you are a new migrant or face socio-economic disadvantage. However, our CEIAG programme provides specific and targeted advice and information which enables participants understand how the employment market works and gain access to local job openings and training and development opportunities. 
 
It is very important that our service focuses and promotes lifelong learning, because it is the best way to address long-term unemployment and the lack of career progression. Once participants are assessed and relevant barriers and challenges they face are identified, then action plans are produced. Subsequently, and according to our internal database, most of the participants have taken steps to address these issues by developing employability skills or improving professional skills and knowledge – this is in accordance with the action plans and advice given by the advisors. 
 
The CEIAG programme has explored, both directly and indirectly, the wealth of skills within the refugee and migrant communities. It has been estimated that more than fifty percent of the participants have qualifications; some of them have extensive experience and skills which are highly sought in the industry such as the high tech and engineering sectors; others have been given direction and support to practice their entrepreneurial skills and business ideas. 
 
Community based career advice service has more advantage than mainstream services, however. Because it does not only provide accessible services to all, but it also meets the diverse career advice needs of service users. 
 
The programme works in partnership with the National Careers Service (West of England), N-Gaged Training, a local training provider, and provides Labour Market Intelligence and sector based development events for Careers Advisers and employment progression. 
 
For more information or advice please contact: 
 
Matilda Kay - matilda.kay@ashleyhousing.com 
Abdi Mohamed - abdi.mohamed@ashleyhousing.com 
 
Tel: 0117 954 0433 
 
Himilo Training (Ashley Community Housing), Unit 20, Easton Business Centre, Felix Road, 
Bristol BS5 0HE. 
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