Jobseekers in Newcastle-under-Lyme will soon have welcome support at hand, with the launch of a free employment and skills hub in the town centre.
Opening to the public on Wednesday 15th September, The WorkShop will offer tailored and personalised career support to all who are interested in accessing training, employment or education.
The WorkShop – the result of collaboration between Realise charity, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, and a broad range of local partners – will be the focus of a new joined up initiative to tackle unemployment in Newcastle and the wider area.
Sophia Snell is Charity Manager of Realise, which has supported local people into employment for over 10 years. Sophia said: “We’re delighted to open The WorkShop to the public and to offer such a necessary boost to employment and skills support in North Staffordshire.
“The WorkShop will be a dedicated, welcoming and supportive hub, right in the heart of our town centre. It’s the result of an incredible collaboration between so many passionate local partners, and we’re looking forward to seeing some fantastic results as this partnership continues.”
The WorkShop will provide a holistic service, supporting individuals with everything from accessing training, to searching for a job, learning how to write a CV, and even getting support establishing their own business.
It is housed in a long-term vacant shop unit – in the central and accessible Lancaster Building off Merrial Street – which has been renovated and converted thanks to funding from Newcastle’s advanced Town Deal. Money from this Government grant is also allowing the Council to create more useable office space at the adjacent Guildhall for more intensive, one-to-one meetings.
Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “One of the Council’s key priorities is growing people and places; building a strong and sustainable economy to ensure opportunities and support are available to everyone so that they can improve their lives.
“Through our work with partners to develop an investment plan for Newcastle’s Town Deal – and respond to growing challenges during the pandemic – it became clear that there is a real need for something like this in Newcastle. Together we’ve made this happen and I’m delighted the hub is opening today. The WorkShop is a fantastic addition to the town centre.
“Residents can access advice, direct support and sign-posting to help them access or move towards employment through skills development, training and retraining. It’s also fantastic to see a long-term vacant shop being brought back into use.”
The WorkShop will be open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.