Joanne Wood OneStop Youth Employment Hub Coordinator
Joanne is the OneStop Youth Employment Hub Coordinator, a joint project between A&WC and the DWP; she has been in this role since June 2021.
Jo is thrilled to be a blogger for the council and share stories from the hub as well as related happenings with her role and the world of careers.
Prior to Jo's appointment at the council she was the Careers Leader at Davison CE High School. She is a Level 6 Careers Advisor and has over 15 years experience working in higher education, further education and secondary education.
Jo cannot wait to be able to go on new adventures with her family when the world fully opens up. She enjoys creating, in particular sewing and making clothes, and loves a good fictional read.
You can read Joanne's current blog posts on this page below:
See also: One Stop Youth website
I've just had a wonderful sun-filled weekend in the Isle of Wight with my girl friends. In the pub after dinner on the Friday night, I overheard a young lady being told she had completed a great trial and impressed the landlady. She was then officially offered the waitress role, to which I internally whooped and gave a little clap to as there in front of my eyes youth employment was happening. Of course I couldn't help but celebrate!
I never let an opportunity go by to try to spread the word about the issue of youth unemployment as Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment, and Tim Loughton MP, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, discovered when they visited the new JobCentre Plus office based on Montague Street, Worthing, recently.
The JobCentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office aimed at helping people of working age find employment in the UK. I was there and was fortunate enough to be able to talk to them both about the work we are doing at the OneStop Youth Employment Hub (OSYEH).
National youth unemployment figures are dropping and it is fantastic to hear that the Kickstart scheme, providing funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, has been extended for three months to the end of March, this means more opportunity, more upskilling and more experiences in industry, thank goodness!
My Kickstart colleague, Jaime, was our Social Media Assistant here at the Councils. He was such a talented and valued member of the team; and I am thrilled that he is now in permanent employment at Worthing College, which he is thoroughly enjoying and settling into. This means that our Social Media Assistant role is now open again for a new Kickstarter so if you know a young person who is claiming Universal Credit, who would be interested in this please let them know about this role and ask them to contact their Work Coach who can refer them for it.
This Wednesday (20th October 2021) we are holding a seasonal job fair at the OSYEH from 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm. This fair is open to our whole community, not just the younger generation, so if you are interested to come along, please do! I'd love to meet more people who are looking for work and who are interested in what we are doing, just head down to the OneStop office at 24 Marine Place, Worthing, BN11 3DN.
Photo: From Left to right, Mims Davies MP, Joanne Wood, Tim Loughton MP and Kickstarter Ellie Carter at the the new JobCentre Plus office in Worthing
It's such a joy for me to be offering support to young people who are seeking employment. My past roles have been focussed on continuing education at colleges, universities and apprenticeships; now I am at the sharp end supporting young people to invest in their lives by gaining employment.
The message we want our young people to hear is that they are not forgotten, the pandemic has not made them invisible. The hub is a space for them to come to, feel good energy and meet people and other services who really want to connect with them in an impactful, positive way.
The overall goal of the hub is employment, however we are also about creating opportunities for friendly conversations between peers, offering engaging and sometimes unusual activities, and general upliftment and empowerment of individuals. Currently we have a weekly session on SFX makeup and the gorey outcomes that have been created are utterly believable and gruesome!
I am always keen to build links with employers who would like to work with us and business mentors who have time available to inspire young people and raise their aspirations.
Our project requires collaboration to have the biggest impact possible, and by giving our young people purpose, community, reward and opportunity we hope to see a change in their daily outlook and more glints of joy across their faces.
Please follow our Instagram page OneStop_Youth and tell everyone you know that we are here, at 24 Marine Place, Worthing, ready to help our young people get into work.
The hub is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm for drop ins and self referrals to work with our Youth Coaches can be made via our OneStop Youth website.
Joanne Wood, OneStop Youth Employment Hub Coordinator
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Page last updated: 18 October 2021