Below is the monthly update from our re-employment project in North Moseley. As you can see we are still having problems getting Hamza mosque on the corner of Church Road and St.Albans Road to get involved with this project. The irony is that this project was originally created to help get members of Chachi Patan community in Kingswood Road back into employment, but has ended helping every community but the Chachi Patan commuity. If anyone can get Hamza mosque to work with this project it would help enormously
Councillor Martin Mullaney
Street Advisors Employment Project Update Report
Enterprising Communities: Kings Heath and Moseley Ward
For August we are down to 4 members of staff as two staff members are on Annual Leave and one staff members is now on Maternity Leave. We are working hard to cover these staff whilst they are away but this does have obviously impacts on our capacity to register new clients.
Our ability to utilise the information we collect to the best possible benefit has however been increased by the addition in March of a bespoke Skills and Employment Database from Hanlon Skills Software, which has been fully operational since the middle of May. This software allows us to capture a detailed picture of clients’ aspirations, experiences and skills as well as our interventions with them. It also allows us to run searches on the vacancies our Employment Link Officers have been capturing from local businesses (over 230 to date).
Each Advisor now has a case load of over 100 active clients across the Enterprising Communities area. All of our team members have at least three Moseley and Kings Heath clients although the majority of the 114 clients engaged with are managed by Marianne Salmons, Sahra Mahamud, Roshan Singh and Liaqat Iqbal. As part of our management systems we have coded clients as Red, Amber or Green as a way to ensure we are signposting and supporting them appropriately.
Green: a client who is ready for employment: They have an up- to-date CV, have discussed job aspirations and are equipped with support to be notified of suitable vacancies to which they can apply themselves or be supported to do so.
Amber: a client who needs some support in up-skilling or who needs their confidence building and support building up a better awareness of the job market they wish to follow.
Red: a client who is some way from being job ready who are in need of basic skills support, most likely ESOL and communication needs are high. A client who is unlikely to have worked in the UK at all or who has been out of the labour market for a considerable time due to ill health or caring responsibilities.
Of the 114 clients for Kings Heath and Moseley the following are currently classified as:
3rd July 2007
2nd August 2007
This caseload has improved over the last two months and demonstrates the work that has been done by the team to bring their clients into a situation where they are job ready. This has mainly been done by hosting CV and Job search workshops and by spending time with individual clients building their confidence and experience base.
Since 3rd July four members of our team have been leading on outreach work in the Kings Heath and Moseley Ward. By outreach we mean distributing leaflets, door knocking or street walking in busy places. The team have been Roshan Singh, Marianne Salmons, Sahra Mahamud and Ragee Mohamoud. They have been out for a total of 40 Advisor hours over the following days: These have been mainly meeting clients on a one to one basis and providing group support at the Enterprising Community office in Sparkhill.
18th July 2007 – Jobs Fair at Moseley Community Development Trust.
This was a well attended session to which 35 people attended, 23 from the Moseley and Kings Heath Ward. Results for the Community Apprenticeships for clients in Moseley and Kings Heath can be seen at the end of the report.
Details of other events are attached with this e-mail.
Raising Awareness and Community Links
New marketing materials have been printed and are bow being distributed across the ward. During July they have been personally distributed by Advisors to:
Balsall Heath library
Balsall Heath Post Office
Moseley Post Office
Muslim Students House (Moseley Rd)
Sage Food Store
New Agents St Marys Row
Unique Tech Church Rd
…Post Office Church Rd
Community and Inter Agency Links
Hamza Mosque and Islamic Centre 88-90 Church Road Moseley
We have been unsuccessful so far in hearing back from the committee at the Hamza Mosque in relation to holding surgeries within the family centre and activities there. Initial contact in early March was hopeful when Raage Mohamed and Liaqat Ali attended and spoke to a senior Iman there. They were given a positive response but were told that confirmation was needed from the Mosque Committee. A call was made a week later after not hearing anything and Liaqat Iqbal and Tabriz Hussain – our Employer Link Officer have been twice over April and May in the day time to try and find a committee member to speak to. They were not successful either time. Helen Baglee went to the Mosque on the 17th July and gave some flyers to a gentleman from the committee who she met outside. We still haven’t heard anything officially from the Mosque or Community. Have you any contact names and numbers we can use please.
Kings Heath Job Centre
As many clients in the ward will be under Kings Heath (Institute Road) Job Centre we have given staff there our details and made links with the Lone Parents Advisor there. We are supporting three existing female clients from the streets at the bottom of Trafalgar Rd who are experiencing a certain level of stress in terms of the new obligations around claiming benefits and looking for work. Marianne and Sahra have held two 3 hours sessions at SBC College Womens Academy in Balsall Heath on 27th July to provide some time with these ladies to build their confidence and job search skills.
Profile for Kings Heath and Moseley as of 2nd August 2007
Table 1 Gender of Clients in Kings Heath and Moseley Ward
Table 2 Ethnicity of clients in Kings Heath and Moseley Ward
Ethnicity (from client)
White (British and Other)
Asian (British and Other)
Outputs as of 2nd August 2007
Achieved 31st March 2007
Achieved 3rd July 2007
Achieved 2nd August 2007
Customised Training or Education
Full Time, Part Time and Self Employment
Referrals and Other Activity
2nd August 2007
Community Apprenticeships application requests
Community Apprenticeship application forms completed
Clients shortlisted so far (3 jobs out of 60)