West Lancashire residents meet potential employers at careers showcase

A careers event organised by Lancashire Adult Learning and Jobcentre Plus enabled 200 West Lancashire residents to meet with potential employers.

Raising Aspirations was held at Skelmersdale’s Jobcentre Plus and the free event discussed the employment and educational opportunities available in Skelmersdale and West Lancashire for those seeking employment or a change of career.

Visitors were given information about LAL’s free Work Clubs, Functional Skills courses and its range of short courses aimed at helping job seekers gain employment.

There was also the opportunity to meet 15 local employers and apply for live vacancies, gain expert careers advice and take part in employability workshops to improve CV writing and job application skills. Visitors were also able to find out about a wider range of courses including, Health and Wellbeing, ICT, Maths and English and Family Learning courses.

During the 2017-18 academic year, almost 2,500 adults across Lancashire enrolled on to basic skills courses with Lancashire Adult Learning including English, Maths and ESOL. LAL also helped two thirds of adult learners on its employability and skills based courses progress into employment or further learning.

The event really has raised aspirations and helped to make people aware of what employment opportunities are available.

Anita Houghton, curriculum leader for Employability at Lancashire Adult Learning, said: "We have successfully held Raising Aspirations events elsewhere in Lancashire and they have proved invaluable in raising awareness of employment opportunities that exist on the doorstep, but not only that, actually finding attendees work there and then on the day.

"Our latest Raising Aspirations careers event has once again enabled LAL to grow and develop its relationships with organisations across Lancashire, and we now have a successful model of delivery that can be transferred to other areas of the Red Rose County where there is a need."

Daniel Ditchfield, job centre manager at Jobcentre Plus, said: "I think everyone would agree that the Raising Aspirations event has been an overwhelming success. It provided a great opportunity for the people in the local area to meet employers, and it really has raised aspirations and helped to make people aware of what employment opportunities are available locally."

In February 2018, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the inaugural winner of the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards.