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How can Future Bright help?

Future Bright offers free, one-to-one career coaching and advice to help you create a personalised action plan, so that you can start making positive progress right away. We can help you with:

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Graphic of building blocks Training and development tailored to your needs
Graphic of wallet and bank cards Practical help to take control of your work and earnings

What support does Future Bright offer?

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching to people living in the West of England (that’s Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire).

When you join Future Bright you will work with a dedicated career progression coach for 3 to 6 months, who will:

  • Support you to create a career action plan Explore career progression opportunities with you
  • Help you to build your confidence and motivation
  • Help you with employability tools and skills such as CV, personal statement, application and interview techniques
  • Provide information and advice on other services
  • Signpost you to specialist support including training, money, benefits, counselling and self-employed business support
  • Keep your information private (we have a duty to pass on information if we believe that you or another person is at risk)

Future Bright success stories

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Kim, jewellery maker from South Gloucestershire

Kim, jewellery maker from South Gloucestershire

“My entire experience with Future Bright was friendly, supportive and non-judgmental. My career coach Chris took the time to listen and asked questions to make sure he understood my aims and barriers. Chris and Future Bright were flexible, accessible and responsive throughout the coaching journey."

Robert, a self-employed graffiti artist from Bristol

Robert, a self-employed graffiti artist from Bristol

"Future Bright has been a massive help to us. We knew some of the changes we wanted to make to the business but didn’t have the funds or connections to make it happen. The changes we’ve put in place have given us extra time, improved our skills and our branding, and brought in new business."

Lindi Lu, a yoga instructor from Bath

Lindi Lu, a yoga instructor from Bath

"Carol (my Future Bright career coach) also helped me see that there are lots of people like me working on our own striving to grow our businesses. Now I’m feeling more positive, hopeful and excited for the future."

Who is eligible for Future Bright?

You're eligible for Future Bright if you are living in the West of England (that’s Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire), and you are:

  • Aged 18 or over,
  • In paid work (including zero hours and self-employed), AND
  • Receiving eligible benefits OR earning below the Real Living Wage (Currently below £9.90 an hour)

What happens after I sign up?

We will contact you to confirm your interest and eligibility to take part in Future Bright. We will then organise your first meeting with your dedicated career coach. To find our more, check out our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that things can change in life, your participation in the programme is voluntary and you can withdraw from it at any time, just let us know. If you have previously completed a journey with Future Bright you will not be able to return, however we can provide signposting to other support and provision. If you are unsure if you have completed your journey please get in touch with your local team.

Unless you agree to be a case study, your participation in the programme is completely anonymous. How your data is used is explained in our Future Bright Privacy Notice.

It is your choice if you want to tell your employer you are working with a Future Bright coach to help you progress at work.

Your career progression coach will work with you to create a personal plan based on what you want to achieve. Once the plan is agreed, we will ask that you work with your coach to:

  • Set realistic and time bound goals during your time with us
  • Follow up on the actions you agree with your coach
  • Tell us of any additional needs you may have or issues that arise
  • Tell us straight away if you have a problem attending a coaching session, interview or training
  • When your journey finishes with us complete an evaluation of your time with us and
  • Support the programme for others by providing your feedback

You will be required to provide evidence and ID to confirm your eligibility for the project.

Future Bright is designed to fit around you and any commitments you already have. The amount of time you spend with Future Bright depends on what you want to achieve. You will work with a coach for a maximum of 3-6 months and meetings will be arranged to fit in around your existing commitments.

Many sectors are struggling to recruit and retain staff. Offering opportunities for staff development will make you stand out from other employers and increase productivity. Our coaches work with clients to gain news skills including access to training, develop confidence, manage work life balance and stress and plan a career. The benefits for you investing in employee development include increased productivity, innovative workers, reduced staff turnover and reduced costs from staff absences.

Support services

We offer a number of other support services to help you to develop new skills, access training or find new opportunities.