Welcome to our new Fellow Samantha Everard FIEP
The IEP are delighted to announce that Samantha Everard is the latest employability professional to become an IEP Fellow.
Sam has a wealth of experience in employability. She set up the SAMEE Charity in 2015 which has two areas of focus - to provide self-employment skills workshops for children of school age, and secondly, The SAMEE Project, which stands for Supporting and Mentoring Enabling Entrepreneurship, which provides business start-up support for disadvantaged and disabled people and guiding them into self-employment and/or traditional employment.
Sam has spent a lot of her life volunteering for the Prince's Trust and working for both WSX Enterprise and Pinnacle where she saw first-hand how unemployed people struggle with their lives. She has extensive experience in Progression and Mentoring and in Skills and Learning which she has utilised in her charity, enabling people to explore their options; those with a disability that want to ensure they are safe and won't lose all their benefits and those with a talent, skill or hobby that they want to explore as a business idea. SAMEE works with these people, handholding, nurturing and supporting them with personal survival budgeting, timetabling their days to make sure they can earn enough on the hours they are able to work. Sam is particularly proud of the people she works with and the charity has a specific project that supports disabled entrepreneurs with dedicated resources for their use, making their service fully accessible, for example, she has just received a business plan in play dough!
Sam has worked hard to build the foundations for the SAMEE Charity and it is now a Disability Confident Level 3 Leader, has ESFA membership, is an IOEE and SFEDI Academy and is registered as a UK recognised Training Provider.
Outside of her main role Sam is a 'My Guide for Guide Dogs', volunteer for Bournemouth Blind, a volunteer for RNIB, she offers assistance to Deaf Plus and other charitable activities. She is also an Executive Officer for Bournemouth Chamber which allows her to work with local Government and a number of SME's, allowing her to engage with the community and network with people that may need her help or that of someone she knows.
Speaking about her Fellowship, Sam said "I would like to work as the IEP Southern representative as I can see a lot of potential cohesion between all the Members. If one agency cannot help someone, then wouldn't it be great if they can refer within our network to someone that can. I would like to see a skills audit across the Membership so everyone gets the advice and guidance they need to move forward in their lives, and we need to ensure that our Institute is able to offer a wide variety of supporting roles across the Southern region. It is also extremely important that we promote best practice and keep up to date with the latest information that clients need like advice on benefits for example. I want to see our Southern network acting as a joined up community that refers from within and ensures our clients get the information, advice and guidance they need to move forward in their lives.
"I am currently working on some new innovative ideas to encourage people to work with us and have now got both a level 4 and level 6 IAG Careers Advisers on my team. We also have disabled volunteers, who are amazing and offer such fabulous work, and have already lost 3 volunteers to full-time work due to the advocacy and references we have offered. I want to continue making significant changes to people's lives and to encourage self-esteem and growth. It is vital that we continue our work and as a Fellow of the IEP, I will continually strive to make this a reality."
Scott Parkin FIEP said "Sam is truly inspiring. She has dedicated herself to supporting the most vulnerable people in society and in making a difference to their lives. Having Sam on board as a Fellow of the IEP will bring huge benefits to our Membership, not only due to the enormous amount of experience and knowledge she brings but in her enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the aims of the profession as a whole. We are delighted to have her as our latest Fellow and we look forward to working with her in furthering the IEP's vision."