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Employment support available to residents who need it

Employment support available to residents who need it

07 February 2022
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Wokingham Borough Council is making the employment support it offers to residents more accessible through a dedicated phone and email line; and by having an outreach team in place that is visible in local communities.

 

Anyone who needs some help with their career can now contact the council’s employment outreach team by phoning 0118 977 8650, Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm. Alternatively you can email them on employmentoutreach@wokingham.gov.uk


The team can support residents with a range of activities to help them find the right job for them and help them to develop skills to feel confident applying for jobs and going to work.


Help from a team of experts

 

The team will either direct callers to a local service – for example, specialists who have expertise in helping people in their circumstances – or invite them to either a face-to-face, or online/phone appointment to discuss their situation further and ensure they receive the right advice and support. With the current Covid-19 situation, social distancing measures will be in place to keep visitors safe.

A full list of local services can be found on the Wokingham Borough Council website, including specialist support for young people, residents with special educational needs, over 50s, people with physical and learning disabilities, and more.  

 

Appointments will take place at the Rainbow Community Centre in Winnersh, the Shinfield Rise Community Flat in Shinfield, or the Oakwood Centre in Woodley, depending on the individual’s location. Residents living in or near Wokingham town centre can also visit the Wokingham Job Support Centre on Norreys Avenue for friendly and confidential support.


Supporting residents with a range of activities

 

Cllr Stuart Munro, executive member for business and economic development, said: “As a council, we are here to listen and work with our communities. We understand that looking for a job can feel overwhelming, particularly if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, or you’ve been out of work for some time. Please be assured that our welcoming and friendly team will give the assistance you need.

 

We can support residents with a range of activities to help them return to employment, find secure work, prepare and feel confident to apply for jobs and go to work, and progress with their career. As we head into the spring, it’s a good time to think about making a fresh start and the dedicated team can offer useful guidance along the way.”

 

This is initially running as a pilot programme until the end of April, so the council can understand levels of demand in the borough and how best to support residents before it considers extending further.

 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on employment, nationally and locally,” said Cllr Munro. “But there are opportunities out there, and we can help residents find them. As we continue to react and recover from the pandemic, we want to do everything we can to help local people into employment, and this will be a key priority in our upcoming Anti-Poverty Strategy.”


More help through the Local Support Hub

 

For further information on support in the borough, including access to food and fuel, mental health, and welfare benefits, please visit the Local Support Hub on the council’s website: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/local-support-hub

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