The project is broken down into a number of phases as follows:
1. Current state of the art:
This phase involved a literature review and an evaluation survey. The survey looked at the key skills/attributes that both employers and young unemployed people thought were important in job-seeking.
2. Development of training package:
Based on the feedback from phase 1, a programme was developed using positive psychology principles to train young job seekers in the skills that will help them through a period of unemployment, and also gain employment. These include practical employability skills, and also positive coping skills, resilience, and a strengths based approach to personal development.
3. Pilot training:
The pilot training programme was delivered face to face to youth workers and those working with young unemployed people (equivalent to 40 hours training).
4. Evaluation of training:
The training programme and its impact was evaluated for efficacy and identification of additional elements required.
5. Final programme:
Based on feedback from phase 4 the training programme was finalised and made available online.