DDC Chairman, Cllr Mike Conolly, launches the Aquire employment programme with Leader of the Council, Cllr Trevor Bartlett

Dover District Council (DDC) has launched a new employment support hub designed to help the long-term unemployed and those facing barriers to work.  ‘Acquire’ is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and aims to improve employment prospects for 18-25-year-olds.

A series of supported hub sessions across the district helps those looking for work to acquire three key steps on their way to finding work.  Participants will be supported to develop their employability, skills, and access to jobs, with a range of practical advice and support, from CV writing to confidence building. 

Specialist support will be also be available for those seeking to develop practical skills for specific careers, or those who may need to study for GCSE English and maths.

Local employers are also involved to sign-post job opportunities, including full- and part-time roles, work experience, and volunteering.

The free to attend hubs are open every week from 10am to 1pm at the following locations: 

  • Mondays – St Radigunds Community Centre, Dover
  • Tuesdays – Aylesham Welfare Leisure Centre, Aylesham
  • Wednesdays – Betteshanger Social Welfare Scheme, Deal

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “With vacancies at an all-time high and with recruiters struggling to fill posts, we know that many young people are looking to acquire new skills.

“Working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, this new initiative is about supporting young people who need to develop new skills or overcome a barrier that has stopped them from getting a job.

 “Whether it be help putting together a CV, preparing for an interview, or learning new skills, support is on hand through our local hubs.”

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By Ed

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