Sunday, June 26, 2022

Skills scheme rolls out to communities

Tailored support with skills, training and employment is now available at special pop-up events in communities, thanks to a popular Leicestershire County Council scheme.

Work & Skills has already helped over 300 people since its launch last June and is now expanding and holding sessions in Measham and Anstey.

The scheme is open to anyone who is seeking employment or training – from those who have never been employed, to those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, or who are at risk of redundancy.

Councillor Peter Bedford, cabinet member for post-Covid recovery said: “Work & Skills Leicestershire has already helped many people seeking a new direction in their working lives and we are delighted to be able to roll it out into communities with our pop-up hubs.

“I would urge anyone who would like to find out more about what Work & Skills Leicestershire can offer, to get in touch and find out more.”

Weekly pop-up sessions are being held from 10am until 12pm at:

Measham’s community-managed library – on 3 and 10 March

Anstey’s community-managed library – on 31 March, and 7, 14 and 21 April

Work & Skills Leicestershire also runs at four main centres – at Loughborough Library on Tuesdays 10am until 12 noon, in partnership with Moneywise Plus and on Fridays at Hinckley Library between 10am and 12 noon, in partnership with the WiLL project. There are also sessions at Wigston Library from 10am until 12 noon every Wednesday and at Coalville Library, in partnership with the WiLL project, between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesdays.

Everyone who signs up to Work & Skills Leicestershire is offered one to one support and the opportunity to have a tailored work plan drawn up for them. Help is given with CV and letter writing skills, job searches, interview techniques and much more.

Work & Skills also plays a part in other projects – recently delivering an  online hub specifically aimed at care sector recruitment in partnership with Leicester Employment Hub and Inspire to Care. It has also supported the Kickstart scheme by providing training and is working with the Kickstart employees who are finishing their placements, to prevent them from becoming unemployed.

Later this month, the service will be working with Blaby District Council to support a hospitality, tourism and retail careers event.

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