CSCS practice now available at North Somerset Libraries

Budding builders can now practice for their Construction Skills Health, Safety & Environment (CSCS) Test at a number of North Somerset Libraries, thanks to Westonworks, the one stop skills and job shop.

The CSCS card is needed on almost all construction sites now and an essential for anyone wanting a career in building. The specialist practice software is at libraries in Clevedon, Portishead, Nailsea, Worle, The For All Healthy Living Centre and Weston Town Hall. Please contact these libraries to book a pc with this software.

Westonworks is a CSCS test centre as well as helping people find work, volunteering or learning and have been supporting residents to gain the skills and knowledge needed for the test for the last 4 years. Westonworks Manager, Adrian Stone said ai???For anyone wanting to get onto a building site these days the CSCS card is an absolute must have; whether as a builder or a site visitor – such as a delivery driver or surveyor. Weai??i??ve had everyone from tree surgeons to IT networking technicians come to take the test to be able to work on sites.ai??? ai???We wanted to make the practice more accessible for people, so in addition to westonworks people can now make use of the facilities in their local libraryai???

Free beginners computer course at Worle Library

Westonworks has started running a UKonline computer course for beginners at Worle Library on Tuesday mornings.Ai?? Free to anyone terrified of computers! To book onto this please drop into Worle Library or telephone on 01934 426090.Ai?? The sessions, like our other courses are 1-2-1 self guided study with tutor support and run at a pace to suit you.Ai?? Come along and demystify computers with us and have some fun at the same time 🙂

Westonworks Electric Bicycle Loan Scheme in the news

The Weston Mercury have run an article on the westonworks bicycle loan scheme…

Ai??http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/electric_bikes_available_for_loans_1_2307061

North Somerset Jobs Fair Success

Almost 1,000 people attended the jobs fair at the Winter Gardens last week – we were thrilled!

They included people who are currently unemployed and looking for work, employed and looking to change career and recent graduates.

We were overwhelmed by the numbers of people attending. They had a variety of skills, experience and qualifications ranging from those with few qualifications and experience to those with very high level qualifications. It just shows the seriousness of the current economic situation when all sorts of people are currently unemployed and looking for work.

One person told us that heai??i??d been made redundant last year and had been looking for work without success since then. He had been feeling very down about his situation, but coming to the jobs fair had really opened his eyes to the possibilities of work and different jobs.

All the employers there had an extremely busy day and were impressed by the quantity and quality of attendees. Ai??Sainsbury’s told us it was one of the best recruitment events theyai??i??d ever attended. Ipeco Composites spoke to a number of potential candidates and now look forward to completing their recruitment drive as a direct result of the jobs fair and Balfour Beatty told us that since the jobs fair theyai??i??ve received a number of strong applications for their current apprenticeship roles within North Somerset, which was the main aim of the day for them.

Scott Hardacre, from Balfour Beatty, said: ai???We were met by a diverse range of skilled job seekers including experienced contract managers, qualified accountants, skilled operatives and recent graduates actively looking for challenging roles. The sheer number of job seekers and diverse range of skills on offer made sure this was a beneficial exercise which we would be pleased to take in again should the opportunity arise.ai???

“We were pleased with the support for this event from local employers and clear evidence of the experience and skills available among the job seekers,” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for economic development. “Creating new jobs in North Somerset is an important priority for the council, both to meet the needs of the currently unemployed and also to reduce the out-commuting from the area.”

 

Build your confidence

The next free confidence building session will be running at westonworks on Friday 24th February, between 10am and 12.Ai?? It will be a fun and informative session, open to anyone who would like to feel more confident – bring a friend if you like.

We’ll looking at communication, how to be heard and get your message across.Ai?? If you would like to know more or to book just ring westonworks on 01934 426260