Unemployment for 18-24 year old’s in Surrey Heath has risen by more than 200% since the Covid-19 Pandemic (based on Department for Work and Pensions’ figures of Universal Credit claimants of that age between Feb 2020 and Feb 2021).
Launching in the summer 2021, ‘The Workshop’ is a joint partnership between Surrey Heath Borough Council and The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which aims to deliver holistic support to young people in response to the impact of Covid-19 on this specific group of working-age adults.
Councillor Colin Dougan, Deputy Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council said;
“This is a very important new initiative which supports young people in Surrey Heath as they take their first steps into work. As well as reducing unemployment, we also aim to increase the amount of young adults taking up apprenticeships, increase their employment skills and improve their confidence.
We urge local businesses to get involved to provide young people with opportunities and also boost and strengthen their workforce for the future,”
Working primarily from a ‘hub’ space in central Camberley (shop space opposite TK Maxx in The Square), The Workshop will work closely with local businesses and employment support providers to offer young job seekers (both referred via DWP and a ‘walk-in’ service) opportunities to improve their employment skills and discover new career paths. The Workshop will be a comprehensive information centre to signpost the services and support available to young people, and work alongside local businesses to deliver career-style events, skills workshops and seminars to demonstrate the breadth and depth of employment opportunities available in Surrey Heath.
The success of this project relies heavily upon local businesses and employment support providers offering their support, time and resources as part of their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. We want to lead by example; demonstrating that local business communities and organisations can join forces to support those in need.
Is your company able to offer any of the following?
- Employment, volunteering opportunities, traineeships, internships, apprenticeships, work placements, work experience, mentorships and potentially longer term opportunities.
- CV writing clinics, interview practice, and site visits etc.
- Support those looking to set up a business for themselves and signpost to support and training.
- Connect with education partners to engage with the programme and candidates.
- Introduce candidates to career opportunities
Or anything else then please do get in touch - Lia Rosina, Youth Hub & Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel 01276 707502. Website: https://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/business/economic-development/workshop