Opportunities Hubs opening across South Somerset
South Somerset District Council, in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, will open three employment and skills hubs across the district. The three hubs, based in Yeovil, Chard and Wincanton, will be known as the Opportunities Hubs and will support South Somerset resident’s aged 16+ find training and/or sustained employment.
The first hub opened in Chard Library on 1 November, with a dedicated space where residents can meet an advisor, receive mentoring support and discuss employment and training opportunities. Hubs in Yeovil and Wincanton will open at the beginning of December, providing support across the District to all residents who are without work, training or are underemployed.
The coordination, delivery and continued development of the hubs will be undertaken by Abri, one of the south of England’s largest housing providers. Abri’s employment service will use their expertise to develop staff, volunteers, tools and systems at the hubs to provide a creative, flexible and resilient employment support and service.
Michelle Dawson, Director of Housing and Community Investment at Abri said, “We know that securing training opportunities or sustained employment is more than just skills and experience. We want to create a community; working with our partners and other agencies to, not only offer support, but bring residents together. That is why we will also have learning opportunities and training to help people develop financial independence and encourage good health and wellbeing. It’s what our Community Strategy and five-year £15m investment is all about - creating thriving communities and empowering people.”
Talking about the new hub in Chard, Councillor John Clark, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development including Commercial strategy said, “The opening of this hub reflects the importance that South Somerset District Council places on skills and employment. It is vital that we upskill to increase wages for our community and productivity for our businesses, and this hub is an important step.”
For more information or to make an appointment with an advisor, pop into the Opportunities Hub at Chard or visit the new website www.opportunitieshubsouthsomerset.com/. The brand new website also promotes and exhibits opportunities for anyone looking for a new job, training opportunities or wanting to improve their existing skills.