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Crawley council sets up Youth Hub to help young jobseekers

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Crawley’s young jobseekers will get improved employment support thanks to a new service launched today by Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

In response to the rapid increase in unemployment among young adults caused by the pandemic, the council’s Employ Crawley team has joined forces with Jobcentre Plus, securing funding to set up a Youth Hub – an employment advice service to help local young people back into work.

Jobcentre Plus and Employ Crawley Advisors will work together to help young adults find work, support them to reskill for alternative careers, and access training opportunities. Importantly, this specialist service will also identify and address barriers that are holding young people back.

Crawley’s new Youth Hub forms part of the Department for Work and Pensions wider support for young jobseekers which will see them roll out across the UK in a range of settings ensuring those in need have vital access to support.

Mims Davies, MP for Mid Sussex and Minister for Employment, who will attend the official launch of the hub virtually on the 9 November, said:

“Getting a Youth Hub up and running in Crawley means young jobseekers here have the support they need on their doorstep. Whether that’s help to get a first job or a new job in a new sector, the experts that run this Hub will be able to find the right opportunities for the young people who come for help.

“This is a challenging time for many young people and we are serious about investing in the support they need, including running Youth Hubs like this across the country and launching the £2 billion Kickstart scheme that will offer paid 6 month roles to under 25s. While times are tough, I want young people to know there is hope – and opportunity – out there.”

The Hub will be located on the ground floor of the Town Hall and can be accessed by appointment only, from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Services provided by the new Youth Hub will also be available virtually.

Work has been undertaken to ensure the Hub is Covid secure and visitors attending appointments will be asked to follow safety measures.

The Youth Hub will also actively promote the Government’s Kickstart Scheme for 16-24 year olds and will support them to find a placement that suits them.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“There are many people in Crawley who need help and the council is committed to doing all we can to ensure that this help is readily available for everyone, including our young people.

“It’s important the needs of our local young people are not forgotten and this new service will mean they have access to valuable support towards getting back into employment and to start building successful careers.”

For more information about the service, visit: https://investcrawley.co.uk/employment-and-skills To book an appointment, please call 07814 903871 /  07909730956 or email employcrawley@crawley.gov.uk

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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