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Our programme could help you to take positive steps back towards suitable and sustainable employment in a safe, supportive environment and in a way that suits you.

Applications are open until Sunday 12 August 2018.

The programme is available in London and Brighton for 2018.

Work Positive is funded by Barclays Spectrum.

What will I gain from Work Positive?

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  • Develop and renew skills for today’s workplaces.
  • Meet new people.
  • Develop confidence and self-esteem.
  • Overcome personal barriers to work.
  • Acquire recent work references.
  • Get support to update your CV.

What does the Work Positive programme offer?

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  • Volunteer work experience at Terrence Higgins Trust or partner organisations.
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Confidence-building workshops.
  • Employment-readiness workshops, e.g. CV Writing, Interview Techniques.
  • Employment mentoring.
  • IT training.
  • Employment coaching.
  • Travel and lunch expenses.
  • Support from your peers.
  • Networking.
  • References.
  • Graduation event.

If you would like to know more, please email [email protected] or call 020 7812 1674 if you are based in or near London. Email [email protected] or call 01273 764200 if you are based in Sussex. 

Please include a phone number if you’d prefer us to give you a call back.

If you are not based in either London or Brighton but would like to know more about our online employment service, please email [email protected].

How do I get involved?

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Complete the form below and email it to us at [email protected] (London) or [email protected] (Sussex).

One of our Personal Development Advisers will get in touch to discuss your employment needs. 

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Before starting on the Work Positive programme, my confidence was taking a battering with every knockback. But Terrence Higgins Trust saw my potential rather than the gaps in my CV. Within a couple of months I had a part-time role within the charity, which provided an excellent springboard back into the workplace. Just from getting the interview, my confidence has grown and grown.

Our success stories

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77 past participants on the programme have found paid work, either full-time or part-time, at a variety of different organisations such as ViiV, BBC, NAZ, Metro, PositivelyUK, Terrence Higgins Trust and the Treasury.

Each year over 90% of participants tell us they’re more confident in their employability after graduating from the programme.

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Daniel

Daniel has been living with HIV for 20 years and has been unemployed for 17 after having a variety of jobs. His health had deteriorated significantly. He had a stroke and then contracted pneumonia in 2012. 

Daniel was really worried about the large gap in his employment history now that he feels able to return to work.

Why did you want to take part in the Back to Work programme?

Having been unemployed for 17 years and HIV positive for 20, I felt I needed help and advice on how to get back into the workplace. As Terrence Higgins Trust is a charity helping those living with HIV, the Back to Work programme seemed an appropriate and helpful start.

What did the charity do for you?

It has given me something to focus on, improved my confidence within a working environment and helped me to improve my computer skills.

What do you think might have happened had you not taken part in the programme?

I think I would definitely be in the same position as I was before coming to Terrence Higgins Trust – no job and no future prospects of finding employment.

How has your life changed as a result of the Back to Work programme?

Definitely my confidence. Close friends have noticed that since I have been with the charity I am a totally different person. I am more confident and more positively focused on getting back into the workplace.

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Our programme has really gone from strength to strength. Each year, we see the initial nerves fall away as our participants transform into polished, confident professionals who are a real asset to any workplace. We encourage anyone with HIV who feels they need a boost onto the career ladder to get in touch.

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Rachel

Rachel was a secondary school teacher in her home country. She moved to London in 2006 to study accounting and finance.

After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended a number of interviews but hadn’t been offered a job. She was caught in a catch-22 where she was unable to secure a lower-skilled job because of her degree, but if she omitted it from her application, there was a huge gap.

Rachel lost confidence in herself, attributing her lack of success to her personality and was on the verge of depression. She felt she was stuck with a qualification she couldn't use and began to see it as a major barrier to work as she had never struggled to get a job before her degree.

Why did you want to take part in the Back to Work programme?

I saw the programme advertised on the website and I knew I had to get myself onto the programme as I felt that it held the key to the future of my career and it would be a good place to start.

What did the charity do for you?

The charity helped me to overcome most of the barriers that I had faced in my search for a job. I had an opportunity to gain work experience which was related to my degree, which gave me the confidence to apply for jobs that I would never have dreamed of applying for before. Having been away from work for a few years, it was also an excellent opportunity for me to prepare myself for the work environment.

Being in a team where my contributions were valued and in an environment where I wasn't stigmatised because of my HIV gave me a sense of belonging and self-worth and was also very therapeutic. I developed my skills and regained the confidence that I had lost as a result of the rejections that I kept getting. 

In addition to getting moral support, I also got a lot of support with my CV, job applications and interview techniques.

I also had a chance to reorganise myself, better manage my time as a working mum – particularly in the mornings – and prove that I am punctual, reliable and committed to my work.

Above all, Terrence Higgins Trust gave me new friends who I can relate to and talk openly to about my condition. 

What do you think might have happened had you not taken part in the programme?

I probably would have ended up working in a dead-end job which didn't utilise my qualifications, experience and skills. I would most likely be in a very poor mental state as well as in poor physical health with no motivation to get up for work every morning.

How has your life changed as a result of the Back to Work Programme?

According to my 14-year-old daughter, my eyes are brighter now and I am a happier person. I also believe that I am in a better frame of mind as I have fewer worries. 

I am also sleeping a lot better as I have peace of mind and fewer financial worries. I have a job that I enjoy doing even though it's temporary and I am motivated to go to work in the morning. I am definitely looking forward to the future now.