Building Better Opportunities


What is Building Better Opportunities?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a European Social Fund (ESF) and Big Lottery funded programme aiming to tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

In August 2015 Big Lottery invited organisations in the Eastern Region to tender for four distinct projects – Social Inclusion, Barriers to Work in the North, Barriers to work in the South and Financial Inclusion.
An application for Social Inclusion was made on behalf of the Peterborough Plus partnership incorporating VCSE partners to deliver a programme of support called   ‘eMploY-Ability’. The application was successful and the Employability project is due to commence in January 2017.

For more information on Building Better Opportunities please see the Big Lottery Website:

or contact the Peterborough Plus BBO Team on:

eMploY-ABILITY Mission Statement

Across our programme we will work together with those furthest from the labour market,  to deliver the best support and outcomes for our participants.

We will recognising their individual needs with a tailored package of barrier busting and support interventions – taking them on a journey into work, training or actively seeking work,  moving at their pace and with their goals in mind.

We will build a programme that raises long term awareness and confidence in underrepresented groups and those with additional barriers, that fosters greater social inclusion both in terms of economic and community participation –  building a legacy for continued positive change and outcomes for the community and beneficiaries.

  • What is eMploY-ABILITY?


    The employability programme will support a significant number of those furthest from the labour market back into work in priority areas of Peterborough, Fenland, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk identified in the GCGP LEP ESIF strategy.

    It will proactively tackle inequality by targeting underrepresented groups and those with additional barriers to foster greater social inclusion both in terms of economic and community participation.

    Employability offers an innovative programme design based on a personalised approach with a tailored package of barrier busting and support interventions which are designed and commissioned with participants.

    The key partners working together on the Employability project are:

    CP Learning Trust
    • Ferry Project
    • Peterborough Regional College
    • West Norfolk Carers
    • YMCA

  • What will the programme involve?


    Coaching & mentoring – group & 1:1
    Life Skills

    Information, advice & guidance
    Financial Capability
    Support & benefits

    Training & Education
    Financial and Digital inclusion
    Structured and Accredited Learning

    Experience; placements; work/volunteering
    Vocational Training
    Social Enterprises
    Employability Support

    Barrier busting: tailored interventions
    Interview clothes
    Arts & crafts

  • Project participants


    All participants must be unemployed or economically inactive as defined in our programme guide.

    The project will have a specific focus on those people from within the Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough LEP area who are out of work, furthest from the labour market and people who are most at risk of social exclusion. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • people with no qualifications;
    • young people, especially those not in education, employment or training (NEETs);
    • people from geographical areas where intergenerational issues are common;
    • people who are long term unemployed;
    • people with mental and physical health problems;
    • people with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities;
    • carers (for their own child, a parent or other children, including teenage pregnancies/mothers);
    • those looked after/in care/care leavers;
    • ex-offenders and those supervised by the Youth Offending Team;
    • people with a history of substance misuse;
    • homeless people;
    • over 50s who are experiencing difficulties accessing the labour market;
    • women returning to the labour market who are experiencing difficulties accessing the labour market;
    • people with English language needs;
    • other disadvantaged
  • Key Worker Area


    To locate the Key Worker page please follow the link and log in:

    BBO Key Worker Area

  • Vacancies


    As we prepare for project delivery we are pleased to share with you, details of roles available across our programme partners. Please take a moment to review the roles and share with your networks.

    Please note that each partner holds responsibility for the recruitment of the roles, as such you should contact the organisation direct as detailed in the individual adverts for further information or to apply. Thank you.


    There are currently no vacancies in the BBO Project.

  • Self Referral

    To self refer onto the Building Better Opportunities employability project, please complete the attached form and return either by email at or via post to Peterborough Plus Employability, 32-34 Cromwell Road, Peterborough, PE12EA

    BBO Referral form - V3 June 2017