October Ways2Work Update

Ways2Work News

Welcome to October! It’s a really busy time for us right now. Our team manager Paul Gaunt will be updating us all at the October Ways2Work network meeting. More details on that below. There’s a quick summary of some of our work for you here.

Kickstart Bristol

Ways2Work is helping young people into work with Kickstart Bristol! Kickstart is a government initiative to provide paid work experience for young people aged 16-24 to help them develop work skills. The placements are funded by the government so employers’ costs are covered and we can provide employability support. Once work placements have been set up, young people will be able to apply through their DWP work coach.

If you think your organisation could host a 6-month work experience placement see more details here: https://ways2work.org.uk/kickstart-bristol/ or email kickstart@bristol.gov.uk.

One Front Door

Changes to the Ways2Work website are coming as we introduce One Front Door. You may have noticed some already. This project aims to provide a one stop signposting service for residents of Bristol and will use the Ways2Work directory as the basis. So, we’d love to make sure your organisation’s services are included. Take a look and let us know if you’d like your organisation’s details to be included or updated.

Virtual Employment Events

Our second virtual jobs fair was held on 8th September. Ways2Work, DWP, National Careers Service, B&NES, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils and employers from the West of England were all on Facebook and Twitter. See it as it happened by searching for the hashtag #WestOfEnglandJobsFair on Twitter.

There are more employment events happening on Twitter!

  • @JCPinBristol is running #YouthHubBristol every other Tuesday at 2pm. Follow that next on 13th October.
  • @NC_SWandOxon and @NationalCareers are next running a #VirtualJobsFair for the South West area on 5th October between 9am and 12 noon with Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire featuring from 11am.

Ways2Work Network Meeting

Our next network meeting is on 7th October at 10am. You can book a place now on Eventbrite. Please fill in our questionnaire on Opening Safely to have your say on what you think and feel about the changes to how classes and events are being held.

If you’d like another date for your diary, the final Ways2Work network meeting of 2020 will be on 25th November at 10am. We’ll have an Eventbrite page up closer to the time.