Beam Career Pathways
To research the best training and work options for those affected by homelessness
320,000 people in the UK are homeless.
9 in 10 people experiencing homelessness live in homeless hostels and other temporary accommodation. Lack of access to high quality training is a barrier to getting well-paid, rewarding work which could provide a long term solution to their housing problem.
Beam is the world's first crowdfunding platform which supports the homeless into training and work. People are referred to Beam by charity partners across London and supported to create a career plan which builds on their strengths and interests. A campaign is then launched to fund the costs of their training (as well as any equipment, transport and childcare which may be needed).
Over 80 campaigns have been launched on the website, more than 50 Beam members have started their training courses and 22 of them have already started work.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
We're still a small team so volunteers make a huge difference to the number of people we can help. Find out more about who we are.
HOW CAN I HELP?
To investigate potential career options for Beam members and advise on the best training plan.
Time: approximately 5 hours per pathway
Beam applies two main tests to the training and work plan:
Will the training materially increase the person’s employability?
Is there a good chance of finding work aligned with the training?
Volunteers help us with this by researching current job prospects, qualifications and training centres for each career. They do this through online research and by speaking with trainers, recruiters and employers. They write up their findings in Career Pathways which are put to use by the Member Support team.