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New website brings together all support available to Warwickshire businesses, schools and communities

Rugby Editorial 31st Oct, 2020   0

A NEW website has brought together all the support available for Warwickshire’s businesses, schools and communities to create a skilled workforce and stable employment market, to drive the county’s economy forwards.

The Warwickshire Skills Hub has launched its website, which includes support to help young people enter the world of work, links for young people and businesses to organise work experience placements and apprenticeships, and some of the guidance and help available for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Skills Hub is part of Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) investment in skills support. Based in Eliot Park Innovation Centre in Nuneaton, the Hub will be home to the Employability and Skills team, providing a creative space and virtual backdrop for many of the team’s campaigns and projects.

Collaborating with a number of skills, education and business experts, the team will support businesses and communities to develop skilled workforces and establish strong career pathways – aiming to help Warwickshire’s economy to remain strong and sustainable.

However, while pandemic restrictions are in place, the team will launch a series of events and support services via the new website.

Among the new site’s features is a link to the council’s Skills for Employment programme, a fund which underpins career activities and creates opportunities for work experience.

There are links to the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Coventry and Warwickshire Careers Hub to support careers leaders in schools and help young people with work experience, apprenticeships and CVs.

The team also creates skills plans for businesses, helps them to source new talent, and promotes their businesses to prospective employees.

The website also points businesses to some of the Covid-19 support programmes currently on offer, including the Coventry and Warwickshire Redundancy Support Scheme.

WCC leader and economic development spokeswoman Coun Izzi Seccombe said: “I am delighted to see a dedicated space being created for the Skills Hub and I look forward to the opening when we can welcome businesses and partners to meet the team.

“In the interim, while that is not possible, this website is a wonderful digital alternative, offering an interactive one stop shop for the region’s businesses and those seeking employment.

“The county council is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant economy. The Skills Hub website offers help to businesses to help them to survive this terribly difficult period and be sustained to grow in future when our economic recovery kicks in.

“A strong economy needs a skilled workforce so I am delighted that there is such a wide range of support for young people and those seeking employment who are looking to get the skills they need to enter the work market and contribute to the local economy.”

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