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Winchester City Council is helping people back to work through its work placement scheme.  Local unemployed people get a boost with their job search, but it benefits businesses too – finding new talent, or an extra pair of hands, or simply contributing to the health of the local economy.

Les was unemployed for two years before his placement with horticultural contractor idverde.  His dedication and eye for detail during his two week gardening and maintenance placement impressed contracts manager Katie Lynas..  Six weeks after the placement, Les was successful in getting a full-time job with idverde, much to his delight.  Not all work placements will have jobs at the end of them – but for many job seekers their improved confidence and self-belief gives their job search the boost it needs.

Employers benefit from a dedicated scheme co-ordinator  – meaning the right person placed within their business, and ongoing support before and during the placement.  Placements are unpaid and timings are flexible to suit both the employer and the client.

Could you offer a work placement within your business?  Please contact Carolyn Jay at WCC (01962 848417,  for a no-obligation chat.

Photo: Les was unemployed for 2 years before his WCC placement with horticultural contractor idverde, who then offered him a job.  Pictured are Councillor Rob Humby, Leslie Horrigan and idverde contracts manager Katie Lynas.

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