Citizens Advice and many others are highlighting an urgent need to support local people as the economy recovers from pandemic and lockdown.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has responded with a wide-ranging programme of support for work and personal development.
On 1 March, Reigate & Banstead Council launches ‘East Surrey Hub’. The online and in-person initiative aims to lower youth unemployment which research shows has risen to alarming levels in the pandemic.
The Hub will offer help designed for 18-24 year olds in the area who currently receive Universal Credit. Funded by the Department of Work & Pensions, will provide coaching, mentoring, work placements, apprenticeships and potential employment opportunities. In partnership with local colleges and training providers. they will also offer vocational skills programmes.
East Surrey Hub will run from the Harlequin Cinema & Theatre in Redhill, Quadrant House in Caterham, as well as online.
Alongside the new hub, Reigate & Banstead council has introduced 2 innovative employment websites. One, Reigate & Banstead Works, is a collaboration* between the council and major local employers and showcases employment opportunities for people of working age.
Councillor Eddy Humphreys, Executive Member for Business and Economy, said: ‘As we eventually look towards recovery, I anticipate that many more residents will want to explore the option of working locally, actively supporting their local community and helping the local economy to thrive, while enjoying the improvements in work-life balance that a reduction in commuting can offer.’
The second innovation offers upbeat career advice and employment information aimed at those in secondary school or further education. Check out advice on skills, training and preparing for work at Start with Reigate & Banstead.
* News Release, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, 01/02/21