|Crawley Borough Council has been given funding to provide tailored employment support to the town’s black and minority ethnic (BAME) residents.
In partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the council has secured funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide a bespoke service, aiming to support and empower unemployed residents from the town’s BAME communities to get back into work and expand their employment opportunities.
The pandemic has brought huge job losses to the town and research has shown that those from a BAME background are among the most heavily impacted, by both the virus itself and by the recession.
The council’s new service, which launches today, will be run by Employ Crawley and will expand the suite of employment support services already offered to unemployed Crawley residents.
Jobseekers will be able to access a range of intensive employment support, including support with CV writing, interview preparation, help with reskilling into alternative careers and access to training opportunities.
Support will also be provided to help clients address barriers to employment, including health and wellbeing, housing support, benefits and debt advice.
Employ Crawley’s Hub is located on the ground floor of the Town Hall and when safe to do so, the service will also be provided in local community settings. Currently, the service can only be accessed by phone and virtual appointment, from Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. To book an appointment call 07814 903871 or 07909730956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Work has been undertaken to ensure the hub has all the necessary measures in place to protect against coronavirus. Once the Town Hall reopens, those attending appointments will be asked to follow safety measures.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “Through this service, we want to engage with our BAME residents and work with them to address any barriers to employment they may have.
“It’s important that our residents feel confident so they can utilise their skills and access the right opportunities to build successful, lasting careers.”
Bev Andrews, a Customer Service Leader for Gatwick Diamond Jobcentre Plus, said: “We know some people are struggling in these unprecedented times and have awarded Crawley Borough Council funding to provide localised and tailored employment support. Our Work Coaches are looking forward to working with the council to ensure that everyone in the community can access the right opportunities.”
Employ Crawley is here to help all Crawley residents, for more information about the service, visit https://investcrawley.co.uk/employment-and-skills
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