Work Zones in Bristol
Bristol City Council recognises that some areas of the city suffer from persistent unemployment and deprivation despite investment. In response to this, a Work Zone model is in development to help address this for the long term.
What is a Work Zone?
Work Zone is bringing free employability support into communities with new ways of delivering a more integrated and coordinated approach to local employment support and learning. The Work Zone operating model was developed by a group of local organisations to:
- Create a shared and consistent customer journey for adults which includes an client asset based approach, new shared diagnostic tools, a common approach to clients and a wide range of referrals to and from other organisations.
- Establish a common set of protocols across into work service providers for cross referrals and core data collection.
- Deliver a coordinated marketing approach for users, employers and service providers.
- Develop the Work Zone concept for Bristol beyond the initial pilot.
Who is involved in the Work Zone?
The organisations currently delivering the pilot Work Zone model for Bristol are:
- United Communities and Buzz Lockleaze – North Bristol
- HWV – South and Central Bristol
They will establish ways of working that recognise individual needs and barriers to help each client with the level of support they need on the journey towards work and to support them to progress within work once employed.
The pilot is managed by the Work Zone Steering Group and comprises Bristol City Council and key strategic employment and training providers across the city.
The pilot will be completed in early 2018 and the findings will be made available in due course.