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									                 Needs Assessment

            Big Picture

                 Researching the needs within your local community:

            Give a summary of the research you have conducted and what you have found:
            (Who have you spoken to, where have you looked etc)

            Spoke to the local council- showed us high levels of unemployment and business failure within the
            local area- higher than the national average

            Read newspapers- details of protests at local job centres to do with the number of unemployed and
            the lack of jobs or help for job-seekers

            Personal experience- 3 local businesses have closed down due to poor business in the last month on
            the university road alone

            Talked to our BAB- one advisor works with local job centres and flagged unemployment up as a big
            issue- provided us with a contact




                 What are the big needs within your community?

Problem             Who / what is it   What effect is this   What is the cause     Target Groups       Possible solutions
                    affecting?         problem having?       of the problem?       this relates to
Unemployment        The unemployed     No income ->          Lack of jobs          NEETs (16-24)       Employability
                    The economy        hunger, debt,                                                   workshops
                    Tax payers         can’t pay for basic   Lack of               NEETs (25-60)
                    Public services    amenities             willingness/ability                       Create small
                                                             to take on jobs       Redundant           businesses
                                       The economy ->
                                       money not being                             Graduates
                                       put back into the
                                       economy, lots of                            Dying trades
                                       waste                                       people (eg.
                                                                                   miners)
                                       Tax payers -> have
                                       to pay more taxes
                                       to provide services
                                       for those that
                                       can’t pay

                                       Public services ->
                                       too much
                                       demand, not
                                       enough to supply
Small Business      Small business     Small business        Lack of               Retail              Consultancy
Failure             owners,            owners -> losing      understanding of
       Rising numbers       money and assets      core business          Food
       of unemployed,       through failing       concepts
       The economy,         business                                     Manufacturing
       Rising crime rates
                            Unemployed ->
                            businesses failing
                            means that there
                            are redundancies

                            The economy ->
                            Less money to be
                            put back into the
                            economy

                            Crime -> Lack of
                            jobs leads people
                            to turn to crime




    Continue to perform needs assessments              Yes
    regularly




Target Group

    Researching the needs of the target group:

    NEETs

Give a summary of the research you have conducted and what you have found:
(Who have you spoken to, where have you looked etc)

Talked to the group- they said that they didn’t know how to write a CV or fill out application forms

Gave the group questionnaires about interview techniques- results showed that they had little
knowledge about how to act, prepare or how to answer questions

After starting the CV workshops it became clear that there was a lack of work experience within the
group- this was in line with the statistics that we found on this target group




    What are the problems faced by this target group?
   Target group: NEETs

Problem         Who / what is it    What effect is this   What is the cause      Possible solutions
                affecting?          problem having?       of the problem?
Lack of         The unemployed      Unable to apply for   Lack of education      CV workshops
employability   Families            jobs successfully,    on CV writing,         Interview workshops
skills                              Unable to secure an   interview skills       Job application
                                    income,               and job                workshops
                                    Unable to provide     application skills
                                    for family,

Lack of work    The unemployed      Unable to prove       No previous job,       Partner with an
experience      Families            that they are         No qualifications,     organisation to offer
                Employers           qualified for the     Unsure of what is      work experience
                                    job,                  relevant,              placements to
                                    Unsure of what        Unsure how to get      individuals,
                                    they can do,          experience             Use the CV and
                                    Lack of confidence                           interview workshops
                                    about capabilities,                          to help them to
                                    Unable to provide                            incorporate their
                                    for family,                                  experience into their
                                    Lack of skilled                              applications and see
                                    workers for                                  what is relevant
                                    employers to
                                    employ
Lack of         The unemployed      Unable to perform     Past bad               Confidence building
confidence                          well at interviews,   experience,            exercises and games,
                                    Lack of self-belief   Unsure of what to      Use the work
                                                          expect,                experience and
                                                          Lack of experience     employability
                                                          -> belief that they    workshops to show
                                                          have nothing to        that they do have
                                                          offer                  something of value to
                                                                                 offer
Lack of         The unemployed      Don’t put             Belief that they       Vision and motivation
motivation                          themselves forward    can’t do it,           workshops
                                    and try for           Belief that it’s not
                                    opportunities         worth it,
                                                          Have no idea what
                                                          they want to do /
                                                          no ambition




    Continue to perform needs assessments         Yes
    regularly
Individual

        Researching the needs of the individual: (SWOT)

Clive

Give a summary of the research you have conducted and what you have found:
(Who have you spoken to, where have you looked etc)

Through talking to Clive on a one on one basis and through the results from his questionnaire on
interview techniques it was identified that he had a fear of public speaking

Clive also told us that he was in debt due to not knowing how to manage his money properly




        What are the problems faced by the individual?



Problem              Who / what is it     What effect is this     What is the cause    Possible solutions
                     affecting?           problem having?         of the problem?
Fear of public       Clive                Preventing him          Lack of experience   Public speaking
speaking                                  from applying for                            exercises
                                          certain jobs,
                                          Reducing his
                                          performance at
                                          interviews
Lack of financial    Clive                Preventing him          Lack of basic        One on one mentoring
management                                from budgeting and      maths skills,        teaching maths and
skills                                    managing his            No bank account,     money management
                                          money effectively,      No knowledge of      skills
                                          pushing him further     budgeting
                                          into debt
Criminal Record      Bob                  Lack of confidence      Allowing the         One on one mentoring
                                          in applying for a job   criminal record to   on the experience that
                                                                  define him           he has and the skills
                                                                                       he has to offer
Continue to perform needs assessments   Yes
regularly

								
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