Citizens Advice – Bath&NES is delighted to be collaborating with Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) on a new initiative to address the concerns many residents have about employment.

The charity already helps residents by providing them with expert knowledge about their employment rights and now is going a step further by signposting clients to free employment and community learning courses, like those provided by Somerset Skills & Learning.

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Lucy Hill, Community Partnerships Co-ordinator for SS&L  said, “We’re delighted to partner with Citizens Advice B&NES. At SS&L, our goal is to help people make positive changes to their lives through learning, so working with Citizens Advice is a natural fit for us. With so many of us now facing our most challenging life and work situations to date, the availability of free and accessible community learning has never been more important. This is an exciting collaboration for us, helping support the residents of B&NES through the pandemic and beyond.”

The response to Covid-19 has focused attention on increasing the scope of service delivery through partnerships; the most notable example being The Compassionate Community Hub. The Hub combines the efforts of the Bath&NES Council, Virgin Care, DHI, Bath Mind, Citizens Advice – Bath&NES and other charities, and was set up in March to treat the immediate needs of residents.

As longer-term issues manifest concerning housing, employment and debt, and the associated health and well-being impacts, Citizens Advice – Bath&NES has been working with Hub partners, Achieve in Bath, WECA and Future Bright to address these issues. This has led to Citizens Advice – Bath&NES and SS&L teaming up to meet the emerging employment needs of residents.

Les Redwood, CEO of Citizens Advice – Bath&NES said: “Many residents are facing a daunting future regarding their employment and many may need to “Upskill” themselves or retrain in new trades. So, we’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning. This collaboration offers our clients even more support with their learning and training options at a time of most need across the region. We feel sure that the partnership will serve to improve many hundreds of families’ lives all across BANES.”

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