FOCUS AREAS AND OBJECTIVES
A group of dedicated people develop an information campaign on an important local community issue. It is developed from conception to delivery by the group, in consultation with community partners and project coordination from the hosts.
The participants develop and improve employability skills and identify work opportunities while working on the project.
The group builds a network of working relationships with employers, local organisations and supporters. Group members support each other in the search for great work.
THE BACKSWING PROJECT PLAN
A Backswing project follows best practices of project planning to provide clear outcomes.
Backswing is an agile framework that can be tailored to a community’s needs. Participants improve their employability skills, receive essential career support and build a network to gain long-lasting support.
The length and depth of a Backswing project is defined by its objectives.
THE 12 BACKSWING MODULES
Introduction • Understanding • Briefing • Ideas Development • Presentation • Adjustment • Pre-Implementation • Implementation • Reflection • Utilisation • Network • Evaluation
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PROVIDE A BACKSWING PROJECT
The Backswing framework can be applied to your community. All it needs is a suitable campaign topic; a group of people; access to a training room and equipment; one contract trainer inducted into Backswing systems; the capacity within a local organisation to recruit and select participants; a small campaign ‘budget’; and a network to provide job opportunities and additional supports to address participant barriers.