26 August 2021

New Skills & Employment Hub brings opportunities to Havant

The pandemic changed many areas of our work and everyday lives, with increasing numbers of Havant residents newly facing unemployment or searching for a new line of work. In response to this growing need, Community First has launched a new Skills & Employment Hub in Havant to help residents return to the world of work.

Catering to Havant Borough residents aged over 18, the Hub provides tailored advice and support towards seeking employment, access to training opportunities, as well as information about local job openings. With guidance from staff, the Hub will help you find work in a role that suits you.

The Hub is open every Thursday from 10am to 12noon. Visit Heart of the Park (previously known as Leigh Park Community Centre) to register with the Hub for regular support, or simply drop in to find out about what the Hub can offer you. 1-to-1 support and advice will be available on finding relevant roles and refining your interview techniques. You can also find out about training opportunities for a variety of industries, from hospitality to health and social care, as well as skills everyone needs for employment success. Staff will be on hand to advise on which courses are right for you.

What about if you need support after landing your first interview? If you need ongoing support to get into work, the Hub is here to help you through every step towards your job interview and beyond. The Hub can arrange for a companion to support individuals with higher support needs to attend interviews.

The Hub also aims to address digital exclusion, an issue facing many more people without their own IT equipment during the pandemic. Hub attendees are welcome to use the Hub’s IT facilities to search for jobs and you can even borrow a tablet on loan.

Community First launched Havant Skills & Employment Hub thanks to funding support from the Solent Supporting Employment Programme, a project managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation and part-funded by the European Social Fund.

For further information, please contact positivepathways@cfirst.org.uk or call 02393 873808.

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