EST: supporting people to achieve their goals

Our Employment, Support and Training (EST) team support customers year-round by providing opportunities to learn new skills, find suitable work, develop self employment opportunities and attend courses. In the current climate EST are aware that the need for their services is even greater and have made a switch to digital to provide training, support and webinars, as well as helpful resources and advice, for those who need it.

EST’s aim: to ensure as many people as possible to return to, or find new, work when it is safe to do so. How are they doing this?

Employment Support

EST is available to support our customers on their journey to finding suitable employment. The team have good working relationships with regional and national employers and often hear about vacancies first, enabling them to share this with the people in our communities.

The team can offer bespoke support covering everything from CV writing, life coaching, interview skills and ongoing assistance once a position has been secured. There is no timescale to this service, and they are dedicated to supporting individuals for as long as is required. The life coaching offer is particularly useful for this period of time, as it focuses on cultivating positive mental wellbeing.


Year-round, EST delivers a range of training to support and enhance sought-after employability skills. This varies and can include in-house workshops which fall under Continued Professional Development, and – in the current climate – digital courses.

EST’s digital offering is varied and includes Employability Webinars and wellbeing workshops as well as general up-skilling sessions in subjects from hospitality and teaching to health and safety and construction.

Supporting self-employment and business

As well as finding suitable employment with an existing organisation, EST supports individuals to create their own business. Create, a training course designed to nurture home-grown businesses, has transferred to a digital offering that includes four webinars and two one on one sessions for anyone wanting to start their own business. Graduates of the course then qualify for up to two years of support that includes business mentoring, support clubs, additional training and, when lockdown is relaxed, sponsored market places.

EST also works with businesses that are trading and in need of additional support.

Here for the community

While EST aren’t able to deliver their workshops as before, they are still available and here for the community. Their support extends across Radian Group’s entire geography and beyond employment support, also providing advice to school leavers and home schooling resources on the I2A Facebook page.

To find out more about how you can receive support, visit the EST information page, here.