LifeWorks Families

2013 sees a new addition to the LifeWorks programme with LifeWorks Families; a course for the spouses, and partners of service personnel who want to achieve sustainable employment.

Designed around the often difficult circumstances of coping with existing family commitments, this short course equips delegates with the skills and confidence to develop their own careers. The LifeWorks Families course builds on the change-management coaching and vocational assessment modules that form the core of the standard LifeWorks+ courses; courses that have been running successfully for over two years now. But in addition, Lifeworks Families has an added employability module designed specifically for those finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of supporting their family financially. The course will be delivered by RBLI’s own professional Training and Assessment Team.

Working in partnership with MoD, RBLI will deliver the first of these fully-funded courses from October 2013, with subsequent courses scheduled monthly throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015. Built to focus on the key components required to make a successful transition into employment, this course will comprise the following elements:

Coaching 4 Change
An interactive workshop which deals with understanding and managing the impact of change, improving self-efficacy and promoting a solution-focused approach

Vocational Goal
Feedback and reports from on-line vocational assessment which will help delegates identify strengths and potential career or training opportunities

Employability Workshops
A range of sessions allowing individuals to develop a better understanding of the following:
• CV writing
• Job search and the job market including the ‘Hidden’ job market
• Interview techniques
• Application forms – how to get that interview

The first six courses have been scheduled for:
Tidworth: 22nd-24th October
Aylesford, Kent: 12th-14th November
Catterick: 21st-23rd January 2014
Plymouth: 25th-27th February 2014
Aylesford, Kent: 10th-13th March 2014
Marham, Norfolk: 25th-27th March 2014

Sharon Patmore, RBLI’s resident Occupational Psychologist, explains the thought process behind developing LifeWorks Families, “We have seen first-hand how the transition to civilian employment affects veterans and service-leavers attending the LifeWorks+ programme over the two years, but what many people do not consider is the ongoing impact this change can have on their families. As the jobs market continues to contract within the UK, we aim to give delegates the knowledge, tools and confidence to enable them to get the job that they want to do, that they are suited to and that they will succeed in.”

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