Local MP meets job seeking constituents
On Monday (26 September), George Eustice MP spent time with jobseekers from across his constituency when he visited Prospects offices in Redruth. The MP, who has visited Prospects before was keen to see the work carried out by to support people who are long term unemployed and those hoping to improve their careers.
In Cornwall Prospects runs two major government contracts, the National Careers Service supporting people into work and to progress within their careers; and the Work Programme, for people who have been out of work for longer periods and need specialised support to help them back into the workplace. Mr Eustice was able to see both contracts in action attending sessions with National Careers Service’s Hailey Collins, who headed a group session with customers and personal adviser, Lisa Soper who ran a session with Work Programme customers who are further away from the job market. Mr Eustice was impressed with the different approaches taken depending on the customers involved and the standard of delivery and interaction.
Focussing on what Prospects does to help local people, staff explained how they help people into suitable and sustainable work, not just into the first available job. Prospects partners with organisations across Cornwall to achieve their success and uses a variety of strategies to support people, including work trials, volunteering, role play, speculative approaches and work experience to improve employability skills, self esteem and confidence.
Mr Eustice, who sees work experience and confidence building as key, was pleased to hear Prospects is one of the top three Work Programme providers in the country and has supported 46 people into work in Cornwall since June. The MP is also planning to promote the work of the National Careers Service in his local constituency office.
Prospects Director, Andrew Coates, commented: “Prospects is committed to getting people into the right work for them and we are proud to showcase our work in Redruth and across the south west. With everyone we support we take an individual approach, ensuring each person receives the right help so that they can get into work, sustain a job and progress in their careers.”
To find out more about the work Prospects undertakes in Cornwall visit www.gettingthesouthwestworking.co.uk.