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Employment and skills opportunities on the rise in Crawley

More training, employment and development opportunities for local residents and businesses are set to be developed, as set out in Crawley Borough Council’s new Employment and Skills Programme.

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Since the original plan was launched in 2016, the council has made significant progress, helping more than 200 local residents move closer to obtaining employment by improving their skills and employability needs.  This tailored support, provided by Crawley Borough Council’s Employ Crawley, has seen many residents achieve real progression, with 26 achieving permanent employment.  

Employ Crawley also improves links between construction developers and education providers, via the Town Centre Skills Academy, which places apprentices on development sites across the town centre.

To support awareness of the wide ranging career pathways for young people, the inaugural Careers Fair held at K2 Crawley enabled students to meet with local businesses to help raise their aspirations for future career options. In addition, the council supports the delivery of STEMfest, an annual programme of outreach events designed to raise awareness of careers in STEM subjects.

However, the updated programme sets out plans to further develop and support the business and employment landscape as well as improving social mobility across the town.

This includes:

  • Creating and promoting new pathways for residents into Higher Education, Degree Apprenticeships to upskill Crawley residents so more people can access the higher skilled opportunities available within Crawley
  • Help Crawley businesses overcome skills gaps through innovative new training courses, particularly in high level STEM
  • Improving the employability of young people by facilitating access and awareness to key vocational skills, apprenticeships and work experience and bridging the gap between education and business
  • Empower the most disadvantaged local residents through tailored advice, guidance and skills training, boosting employability and helping them to access core skills, qualifications and job opportunities
  • Champion Crawley as a Living Wage Town, the wage set by the Living Wage Foundation, to increase income levels for residents

Crawley is currently almost bottom in social mobility rankings, with the State of the Nation report ranking Crawley 304th out of 324 local authorities for social mobility. However, to combat this, the council is looking to implement a programme of workshops, activities and outreach opportunities through Employ Crawley and partnership organisations that tackle the needs of residents, aiming to help raise their skills levels and support them with their journey towards and into employment. 

Supporting the delivery of the programme is the council’s new Employment and Skills Officer, Alison Constable who joined earlier this month.

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

“Crawley is a great place to live, work and do business and the council wants to ensure that local people and businesses get first pick of the opportunities that the town has to offer.

“We have made great strides since launching the first Employment and Skills Plan, but there is more to do and we are looking forward to building on our success so far.

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Council search for group to run Crawley Refill campaign

Crawley Borough Council is looking for a local group or individuals to take on Refill Crawley.

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Refill is an award-winning campaign that aims to prevent plastic pollution by connecting people looking for water with local businesses, transport hubs and public spaces, where they can refill water bottles for free via a location based app, rather than buy a single use plastic bottle.

Anyone can download the free app to find Refill Stations near them. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle.

Many businesses in Crawley are signed up to the scheme, including:

  • Kitchenette
  • All Day Café
  • Kismet Restaurant
  • The White Hart
  • Sage Vegan Restaurant
  • Love Bean Café
  • Revive
  • Wimpy
  • Waterstones Café
  • Costa
  • Caffé Nero
  • Pret a Manger
  • Arabica Coffee House

However the council are looking for a local group/organisation or a group of individuals to run the campaign for Crawley.

Supported by the council, the group will;

  • Sign up more local shops, businesses and community buildings as Refill Stations
  • Promote it to the public through events and other channels

Find out more about what is involved: https://refill.org.uk/start-scheme/

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“With the need to reduce our plastic usage more prevalent than ever, Refill is a leap in the right direction and I am delighted so many businesses have signed up. We now need a local group to help champion the campaign in Crawley.

“I urge any interested parties to get in touch!”

Any local group or individuals interested in taking on this campaign should email sustainability@crawley.gov.uk

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