A WorkCentre is a facility where local people learn new ways to find work, earn income, build their careers and add value to their community or organisation.
Individuals can access the full package of Work It Out! support - training, individual advice, ongoing mentoring and practical help - to enable them to build their income, find work and create a better future.
The WorkCentres are usually equipped with computers and coffee! They are a practical and welcoming place to meet, support and help one another. Instead of sitting at home on their own (or at their desks), people have a place and a positive purpose to meet - to create their workpieces, learn new skills, develop projects and build businesses.
We are currently delivering a range of local WorkCentres across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to support local people in finding work, earn income and build their careers.
WorkCentres are available in three main formats:
1. To support the unemployed,
2. To leverage the expertise of the underemployed (e.g. Local communities often come together with women returners, self-employed, graduates, those recently retired, part-time employees, etc to share experience and build local capacity),
3. To develop employees (e.g. some Local Authorities and Businesses use this approach to boost innovation and creativity),
What is Under-employment?
Under-employment affects those who are unemployed, students and graduates, mothers and fathers at home, those returning to work after a break, those semi retired, freelancers, part-time workers, and yes, even those in a full-time job – who want to do more.
Under-employment is not about being busy for many of us are incredibly busy. It's about our personal effectiveness and achieving all that we believe we should. So, in a way I think that we are all under-employed. We can all utilise our skills, talents and expertise more effectively to fulfil what we are capable of. We can be better if we work collaboratively to help and support each other - combining and leveraging our respective expertise, energy and experience.
The WorkCentre then is an important framework whereby all of those who want to achieve more, do more, be more or create more can come together with others who are positive and ambitious. Let's talk about setting up a WorkCentre in your area .....
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