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Acquire support hub by Dover District Council to help the unemployed


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A new support hub to help the long-term unemployed and those facing barriers to work has been launched.

Acquire, by Dover District Council, is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and aims to improve employment prospects for 18 to 25-year-olds.

DDC chairman Mike Conolly, launches the Acquire employment programme with leader of the council Trevor Bartlett. Picture: Dover District Council
DDC chairman Mike Conolly, launches the Acquire employment programme with leader of the council Trevor Bartlett. Picture: Dover District Council

A series of supported hub sessions across the district helps those looking for work to acquire 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.

Employers are also involved by signposting 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:

One of the Acquire bases is at St Radigund's Community Centre in Dover. Archive image: Sam Lennon KMG
One of the Acquire bases is at St Radigund's Community Centre in Dover. Archive image: Sam Lennon KMG

Mondays - St Radigund's Community Centre, Poulton Close, Dover.

Tuesdays - Aylesham Welfare Leisure Centre, Spinney Lane, Aylesham.

Wednesdays - Betteshanger Social Welfare Scheme, Cavell Square, Deal.

Cllr Trevor Bartlett,DDC leader, 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 DWP, 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."

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