Delivery model

People can be referred to Aspire to Be from agencies including Local Authorities, various Housing Associations across the South Yorkshire region and job centres. A typical programme would be for three days a week either full or half day sessions over 38/40 weeks.

Once we accept a referral, we:

  • Conduct a full assessment of need
  • Provide a support package based on that needs which is reviewed on a regular basis
  • Offer information, advice and guidance throughout to ensure a smooth transition into learning and employment
  • Provide a dedicated work coach to support clients throughout their journey

All training and one to one advice and guidance is supported by British Sign Language.


Health and Wellbeing sessions incorporate:

  • Fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Budgeting
  • Flip it - Confidence and Motivation

The aim is to develop a wide range of skills that enable independence and mindset change and are designed to build on personal skills and qualities with elements of employability also embedded in each session.


Employability/Employment sessions involve:

  • CV writing, spec and cover letters
  • Interview techniques and mock interviews
  • Job carving sessions
  • Job search activities including application form support
  • Work experience/trials and volunteering
  • In work support

Our team works to look at the ability not the disability - setting realistic goals, building confidence so people feel able to move into employment.

Learn more here




Contracted Services

Skills Support for Employment (SSE)

We successfully secured a European Social Fund (ESF) contract through The Growth Company delivering end to end support to those who are Deaf/Hard of hearing and other communication related issues across the Sheffield City Region.

This provides personalised support aimed at helping unemployed people aged 19+ who are Deaf/hard of hearing and those with other communications related conditions like Aspergers and Autism to gain the skills and training needed to access employment.

As part of this work we offer clients:

  • The opportunity to gain relevant sector-based qualification/s (up to level 2) in the catering and housekeeping industries
  • Work experience support either within an industry to work alongside a qualification or to gain new experiences/skills
  • Employability support assisting with CV writing, cover letters, job search activities, interview prep, employer engagement and job carving sessions
  • A three-day confidence building course
  • Information, advice and guidance where we signpost clients to other services that can provide other relevant interventions