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New service set to support borough’s young job seekers

News release 9983, published on 01 Feb 2022
Young job seekers in Basingstoke and Deane will have access to a ‘one-stop shop’ to find employment and training opportunities as part of a new North Hampshire Employment Skills Zone.

As part of its work to support the borough’s economic recovery, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is working with Rushmoor Borough Council and Hart District Council to establish the service to support young people into work, including access to government schemes such as the Kickstart programme and apprenticeships.

The North Hampshire Employment Skills Zone will help young people to prepare for work, build confidence and refer them for the most appropriate support.

Through the new service, young people will be able to access comprehensive information on all the employment support available, highlighting virtual and on-site training available at local colleges and through community providers and offering an online helpline chat facility, on a dedicated website.

And there will also be in-person support available, when COVID restrictions allow, where 18 to 24-year olds can access support from centrally-located premises in Basingstoke and Aldershot where partners will meet young people face-to-face and a range of workshops will be held to improve confidence and develop employability skills.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for many people but we know it has hit young people particularly hard and that is why it is so important that we support them in finding a career path that is right for them and supporting them into employment.

“I am delighted that we have been able to work in partnership with neighbouring councils to pool our support and expertise to set up this innovative North Hampshire Employment Skills Zone which will offer every opportunity for 18 to 24 year-olds to find the best work training programmes and apprenticeships to suit their potential.”

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