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Council job service nominated for award

by Marco Cillario Thu 26 May 2016, 10:42 am

A council service giving advice and guidance on employment and training has been nominated for a national award.

Hounslow Council announced on 24 May 2016 that its Careers Coach service had been named as a finalist in the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) awards 2016.

The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise best practice in the employment support sector. ERSA received over 130 entries across 10 categories this year.

Hounslow’s service has been nominated for the innovation award, which rewards innovative programmes helping people to improve their chances of gaining employment. 

Careers Coach is a free service delivered by a converted truck equipped with computer stations and Wi-Fi. It is parked from 12 to 4.30pm at Bell Square every Monday and at The Centre in Feltham every Wednesday.

Residents can get in the truck and work on their CVs and job applications under the guidance of a trained adviser, or have one-to-one sessions for advice. Users can also find information on local job opportunities and apprenticeships, as well as help with job search, how to progress in a chosen career and starting up their own business.

According to the council, more than 800 residents had used the service by the end of March, with 70 of them securing jobs or apprenticeships and hundreds referred to training and education services.

Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities, said that the Careers Coach being nominated for an award was “great news”, as it meant it was gaining “more and more recognition”.

“It has already seen much success over the past year, with many of our apprentices who have come through the Careers Coach scheme gaining awards.”

“Well done to all the staff involved in the service.”

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 21 July.

More information on the Careers Coach service can be found here.

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