Weston Grand Pier bosses join new back to work scheme
WESTON-SUPER-MARE'S Grand Pier has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to help get people back into the world of work. The partnership will see pier bosses work with the Jobcentre to roll out the Government's voluntary work experience scheme, 'Get Britain Working.' The scheme aims to find voluntary work placements for people between the ages of 16 and 60. Placements can be anything from two to eight weeks and from 16 hours to 30 hours per week. The aim of the voluntary work placement is to give the participant the chance to gain some work experience, learn some new skills and have something useful to fill in any gaps they might have on their CV. In Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding local area there are currently over 70 people looking for voluntary work placements. The Grand Pier will be offering as many work experience placements as possible right across the business. Volunteers will be able to work in catering, administration, accounts, customer service, events, marketing and maintenance. Grand Pier co-owner Michelle Michael said she was very keen to offer voluntary work placements to as many people as possible. She said: "We are a large employer in Weston-super-Mare and we provide jobs for many 18 - 25 year olds. "There are a lot of unemployed people in this age range, so we are glad to be able to plug that gap in the market. "We see it as our responsibility to the local economy to help provide valuable work experience placements to people in the town and the surrounding area. "Anything we can do to help them strengthen their CV's and improve their chances of finding paid work has to be a good thing." Volunteers on the work placement scheme continue to receive their benefits and are paid travelling expenses by Jobcentre Plus.