Local employer Pearl Leyshon from Girl Friday Somerset, based near Watchet said:
“Watchet’s Community Employment Hub, has become an invaluable asset for Girl Friday Somerset enabling us to meet people looking for work.
“Someone I met via Watchet’s Sanctuary hub started as a cleaner in Easter last year. She has now developed her own small business and registered herself as self-employed which has given her the confidence to enrol in a full time business degree at Somerset College.
“She continues to work with Girl Friday Somerset and I now use her services to help with the administration of the business”.
The benefits are equally valued by those looking for work or career development as explained by Pearl’s protegee.
“Walking into Watchet Community Employment hub, I was greeted by a host of the friendliest people who directed me to Pearl. She gave me work instantly while encouraging me to follow what I had always wanted to do - go self-employed.
“She helped me set up and I began to find other work and from here my confidence soared. Without The Hub’s support I would never have met Pearl, I am so grateful to them. I hope others read this and find their true potential also.”
Cllr Karen Mills, Lead Member for Economic Regeneration and Tourism, said:
“The community employment hubs are an innovative approach for employers to access local employee engagement. Employers are encouraged to build relations with their local hubs to connect local people to local employment opportunities.”
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Volunteers are always needed at the hubs so if you feel you could help people in your community please contact the hubs or Colleen Blake, Employment and Skills Officer at West Somerset Council 07739958441
West Somerset Council has co-ordinated an Employment and Skills group to develop the initiative of the Community Employment Hubs and gained funds to support and implement their work through the Department of Work and Pensions.
For further information on the Community Employment Hubs please contact:
The Sanctuary, Watchet; 01984 248169
The River, Williton; 01984 635980
The Bridge, Minehead; 01643 707598
Contact: Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 email email@example.com