According to recent statistics, there are nearly 20,000 residents in North Somerset currently seeking work or looking to train in a new area.
To tackle this, a new programme of targeted support through North Somerset Council and the library service has launched.
Opportunity North Somerset will offer jobseekers and residents in the area’s most deprived communities the ability to develop new skills and outline a pathway to employment.
Reducing inequalities and promoting fairness and opportunity for everyone is one of the visions of North Somerset Council.
This tailored programme will be delivered through employment and skills hubs based within local libraries.
Libraries are the ideal space because they are already well established and accessible community spaces, with free IT facilities, wi-fi and other existing services.
Opportunity North Somerset will provide guidance in:
- careers and job support
- youth wellbeing and employment support
- digital inclusion support (linked with the council’s Get Connected project)
- business start-up support
- wellbeing support.
These employment and skills hubs will be the first point of contact for the most effected residents, ensuring that relevant information including upskilling, retraining, and career opportunities from local providers is readily available.
Opportunity North Somerset will launch this spring.