Employment & skills

Examples of best practice from local authorities and other organisations with regard to employment and skills.

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:17

‘Job Done!’

‘Job Done!’ is a project for unemployed people living in Wincanton and surrounding rural areas.

Based at the Balsam Centre in Wincanton, it offers opportunities to those facing barriers to finding work such as mental health or other health/disability related issues. By providing a friendly, supportive environment the project helps to break down isolation, encourages social networking, and thus helps people to build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Project members are then encouraged to develop their practical skills, for example in gardening, cookery, craft or countryside maintenance and are helped to find appropriate volunteering roles. In addition workshops assist with job seeking skills such as CV writing and interview techniques.

Sunday, 14 July 2013 22:50

Gillingham Job Club

The Job Club at Gillingham in Dorset provides a free support service for those who are out of work and especially for those with more intensive support needs. It offers a low-cost approach which, with the right people to manage and deliver it, could be replicated in other rural areas.

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