Zink is built on the belief that for most people employment is the best way of reaching financial independence. We work one to one with people to help them overcome challenges to work and together we plan a new, better future with a job that fits with the individual’s personal circumstances. Their decisions and ambitions are made reality with our support.
Sept 2014 – High Peak Foodbank set up a work and skills programme that provides tailored work experience and job references for foodbank users. Three participants join and all get work within three months.
February 2015 – European Social Fund (ESF) grant awarded to High Peak Foodbank to provide work coaching as part of the foodbank’s work and skills programme.
March 2015 – Work coach employed; participants now get work coaching and work experience under the same roof.
June 2015 – 45% of ESF long term unemployed participants get work within eight weeks, far exceeding expectations. Virtually all others start education, training or voluntary work. ESF funding ends.
July 2015 – Equity Foundation funds work and skills programme and further funding comes later from Foundation Derbyshire, Sports Relief and The Bingham Trust.
September 2015 – Derbyshire County Council provide a grant to run a work and skills programme called RISE for people recovering from drug and alcohol issues.
December 2015 – High Peak Foodbanks work and skills programme is renamed Zink Employability. Zink is celebrated in an All Party Parliamentary Report as a unique programme other foodbanks might want to emulate.
Early 2016 – Zink continues to support long term unemployed people into work at a rate of around 40%, and 30% for those on RISE within 12 weeks.
April 2016 – Zink Employability is chosen as a delivery partner for the ESF Building Better Opportunities Programme to start in October 2016.
May 2016 – Buxton and District Lions support Zink with grant funding.
June 2016 – Zink Employability are offered sub-contracts with a number of organisations bidding for Department for Work and Pensions Inspire Local programme. Outcome awaited.