The Peer Advisor Centre
Based in Leeds, the Peer Advisor Centre helps disadvantaged adults access employment opportunities whilst addressing local needs through partnering with agencies who are happy to host placements for the people we are training through our Peer Advisor Programme in the region.
It offers people the opportunity to train as a Peer Advisor, gain a Level 3 Information, Advice and Guidance qualification and undertake a volunteer placement with a partner organisation to improve their vocational experience and employability.
The West Yorkshire partner organisations who host a Peer Advisor on placement benefit from increased resources and the diverse first-hand experience the Peer Advisors bring.
Individuals who train as Peer Advisors have typically:
- Been disadvantaged themselves - for example due to due homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, experience with the criminal justice system, and have overcome this difficulty themselves - they must volunteer in the same area that they experienced the disadvantage.
- Have English and Maths to a Level 2 standard.
- Have motivation to commit to a minimum of two days a week for six months - this consists of one day for the course and one day in a placement
- Be motivated to complete the Information, Advice and Guidance Level 3 qualification.