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Careers Coach nominated for an award

Tue, 24 May 2016

Hounslow Council’s Careers Coach service is going from strength to strength after being nominated for a national award.

The service, which provides residents from across the borough with advice, guidance and information on gaining employment, skills and training, has been named as a finalist in the Employment Related Services Association [ERSA] Awards 2016.

The awards, which are now in their fourth year, recognise and promote best practice and examples of those qualities in the employment support sector. ERSA received over 130 entries across ten categories.

Careers Coach has been nominated for an innovation award. This recognises organisations which have shown examples of creating ideas and programmes that offer support, as well as schemes which help people to improve their chances of gaining employment.

The winners of each of the awards will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 21 July.

Careers Coach is a free service delivered via a state-of-the-art converted truck which is fully equipped with computer stations, Wi-Fi and free internet. It parks up from 12noon to 4.30pm at Bell Square, Hounslow, every Monday and at the same time at The Centre, Feltham, every Wednesday.

Over 800 residents had used the Careers Coach service by the end of March this year, with 70 of them securing jobs or an apprenticeship. Hundreds more were referred to training, education services and the council’s work clubs.

Residents can work on their CVs and job applications under the guidance of a trained advisor, and can have one-to-one sessions for advice. There is information available on local job opportunities and apprenticeships, as well as help with job applications, CV advice, job search, how to progress in a chosen career and starting up your own business.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Communities, Hounslow Council said: “This is great news and we’re delighted that our Careers Coach service is gaining more and more recognition.

“It has already seen much success over the past 12 months, with many of our apprentices who have come through the Careers Coach scheme gaining awards. Now the service itself has been nominated for a top award.

“Well done to all the staff involved in our Careers Coach service, and fingers crossed for July!”

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