First West Suffolk Skills Share Fair to take place next week

06 Aug 2019

Skill Share Fair

The first West Suffolk Skills Share Fair, a free event for all ages designed to boost skills and reduce social isolation, will take place next week.

The Skills Share Fair is open to anyone who would like to learn new skills or improve existing skills, or who is looking to return to work, perhaps following time out looking after children or a period of unemployment. The Fair is also there for anyone who is willing to support the local economy through volunteering as well as people who are recently retired, but willing to support younger people in learning about the world of work.

The drop in events, which are open to residents from across the whole of the West Suffolk, have been organised by the team of nine interns working at West Suffolk Council.

Councillor Susan Glossop, Cabinet Member for Growth at the council said: “We want to help people and to inspire them to improve existing skills and learn new ones. This may give them the confidence to start their own business, gain new employment or undertake voluntary work in their community. West Suffolk Council already works with education providers, employers and other partners to encourage skills growth and development.

We also recognise that there are certain skills that older people can teach the younger generations and vice versa. We hope that the Skills Share Fair will encourage people within our communities to come forward and inspire others, perhaps by becoming ambassadors at schools and supporting young people’s career development, as well as encouraging other friends and family to further develop their skills.”

Councillor Robert Everitt, West Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Families and Communities said: “We have a strong working relationship with the charity and voluntary sector, many of whom work to help people who feel socially isolated.

We know that sometimes people in our communities can feel isolated, perhaps because they aren’t employed and are not confident in the skills that they have to offer. This can include parents and/or grandparents who have been looking after children and who may be looking to return to work. We hope that people in this position will come along to the skills share fair where a number of our partner organisations can talk about how they can help.”

The first skill share fair takes place in Mildenhall on 16 August from 10am to 12noon at The Jubilee Centre.

The second takes place in at the Haverhill Arts Centre on 22 August from 10am to noon.


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