With the pandemic having changed the working lives of so many, Leicestershire County Council is launching a scheme to help residents get back on track, with help available to those seeking paid work or training for a new role.
Work + is a free one-to-one service offering support, advice and information to people looking for secure paid employment the chance to learn new skills or to find out more about volunteering or becoming self-employed.
Work + is open to everyone – from those who have never been employed to those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, been furloughed or who are at risk of redundancy. It will also help college leavers, graduates and agency staff on zero hour or temporary contracts.
Qualified personal advisers will offer impartial and professional advice to people from all backgrounds and support people on a one-to-one basis.
Appointments will initially be offered online due to the pandemic but later in the year face to face meetings will be held in local libraries and adult learning centres.
Everyone who signs up to the scheme will have the opportunity to have a tailored work plan drawn up for them, including clear targets and steps to achieve their goal.
Help will be given with CV and letter writing skills, job searches, interview techniques and digital training, self-employment advice and business support.
The Work+ team will also work directly with employers who may be in the unfortunate position of making redundancies and want to support their staff to find new employment.
The pandemic has been a challenging time for businesses with many people finding themselves furloughed or out of work and we want to do all we can to help residents make a fresh start with a new job or retraining.
“Our Work+ scheme will be open to everyone from the long-term unemployed and those recently made redundant, to graduates and college leavers who are just starting out in the working world.
“I would urge anyone who is looking for support in seeking a new role to get in touch and see how Work+ can help you.Person:County council leader Nick Rushton
To find out more or to register your interest contact the Work+ team on 0800 988 0308 or visit:www.work-plus.co.uk
Leicestershire’s economy has taken a big hit during the pandemic and the county council has launched a series of initiatives to help boost it. These include:
Supporting and extending the Government’s Kickstart scheme by creating placements for 16-to-24-year-olds whose job prospects have been most impacted by the pandemic.
Extending superfast broadband to hard-to-reach rural areas.
Investing almost £4m in supporting community groups, hundreds of small businesses and struggling rural pubs.