What is Future Bright?
If you’re already in paid work and claiming benefits or tax credits to top up your income, Future Bright can help you develop your skills, increase your income and progress in your career.
Future Bright is a free and confidential service, built around you. Our career progression coaches work with you to support you to reach your career goals through emotional and practical help. This can include funding if we agree it’s what you need to reach your goal.
Future Bright offers:
- Support: 3-6 month programme of support to increase confidence
- Advice: practical help to overcome barriers and take control of work and pay
- Skills: training and development tailored to your needs
- Personal Budget: funding for training or career development costs
Read the stories below about others who have benefited from the help and support of the Future Bright programme:
|Sean’s story: Working as a security officer and with a family to support, Sean felt as though his ‘distant dream’ of becoming a paramedic was unachievable. Sean says: “I contacted Future Bright because I knew I needed help in funding a course, knowing what my skills and strengths were, how to communicate them and to build on them. I needed to find my courage.” With help from his Future Bright coach, Sean figured out the steps he wants to take. After gaining more confidence and working hard in his security job, his manager promoted him to a Public Safety Controller role. Sean says: “Future Bright offers a top service including funding. If you’re in paid work and receiving in-work benefits or tax credits, definitely sign up to the Future Bright programme because it will help you progress in life. I’m now preparing for my future, firstly as an Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) which will be another step towards me becoming a paramedic. I know that I will get there and so can others.”|
|Katie’s story: Katie, a single mum from Marshfield felt stuck in her career. She couldn’t see how to change her situation. As a single mum she was working hard on a low income but couldn’t progress as she lacked the skills needed. However with support from her Future Bright coach, Katie identified the training she needed to develop her career. Discover how she has been encouraged to not only apply for promotion at work but also work towards her long term goal of becoming a self-employed beauty therapist. Katie said: “The support I’ve received from Future Bright has been huge. It has boosted my confidence and helped me to take steps to improve my career. Best of all, my son is really proud of me and I can finally feel like a role model for him.”|
For more information
Future Bright is managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and delivered locally by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.