A NEW arrival in Bognor Regis will help tackle unemployment across the area.
The RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries), a registered charity, has launched a new office in the town which aims to combat a lack of jobs in the community by delivering the government’s work programme.
The programme is a Department for Work and Pensions initiative which provides tailored support for people who need additional help undertaking active and effective jobseeking.
The six members of staff who work within the RBLI office are keen to work with businesses in the community to provide employment advice and assist their recruitment requirements.
Polly Boughton, RBLI office manager, said: “We want to show employers in Bognor the many benefits of employing jobseekers from the work programme, including accessing government funding initiatives, ongoing support for employers and jobseekers and, perhaps most important of all, that it’s completely free.”
The service provided from RBLI’s office allows jobseekers to access free employability assistance including job-searching guidance, interview preparation and support developing a CV.
The new town-centre office, based in Sudley Road, is also available to those from Chichester, Littlehampton and the surrounding areas.
The office was officially opened by the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Nick Gibb, on Friday, December 7.
Mr Gibb said: “It is a pleasure to be invited to the launch of this new RBLI work programme office in Bognor Regis.
“Having the opportunity to meet some of the first individuals who are now employed, having benefited from the RBLI team’s expertise and resources, is really satisfying.
“It is also very encouraging to see the good work being done by businesses in Bognor Regis for jobseekers by embracing the work programme initiative.”
Mr Gibb said he was pleased to see help and support being given to those in their 20s looking for work, an age when finding jobs and experience can be tough.
Bognor Regis town mayor Eileen Anderson was also present at the event to offer her support to the initiative.
Jobseekers looking to access these facilities should contact their local job centre.
Businesses looking to access work programme funding initiatives and use RBLI’s free recruitment and ongoing support services should call 0800 319 6841, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rbli.co.uk.