Many unemployed people, especially those who have been out of
work for prolonged periods, struggle to move into work because they
lack confidence. Therefore helping these individuals to build their
confidence can go a long way towards progressing them towards and
into the labour market.
Many different approaches can be used to help build confidence
including peer support, group activities and one-to-one sessions.
There are also some widely used personal development courses which
place a strong emphasis on confidence building. These include:
- STEPS to
Excellence, developed by the Pacific Institute, which is a
developmental programme that gives participants the opportunity to
take a fresh look at their lives, enables them to see how much they
are truly capable of achieving and offers tools to make it happen.
Its guiding principle is that people have an unlimited capacity for
growth and creativity, and can adapt to change. The course looks at
how our minds work, which thought patterns make people more
successful than others and how we learn to think more effectively.
The programme has been particularly effective in helping long-term
unemployed people develop motivation and build self-esteem.
- PX2 (formerly
known as BREAKTHROUGH to Excellence) is based on the same
principles as STEPS and is designed for young people. The programme
helps young people see that they have choices and that they can
take more control of their lives and develop the thinking skills
they need to become self-motivated lifelong learners.
- GOALS is a confidence
building and motivational two day programme based on self-esteem,
assessing one's current life and setting clear steps towards
desired life. It integrates different positive psychology methods -
including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic
Programming (NLP), the psychology of employment, Motivational
Interviewing - and common sense. It helps people to develop new
ways of thinking, coping and behaving