Sutton Council has launched a programme of free events, thought to be a national first, designed to help the increasing numbers of out-of-work skilled professionals in the borough.
The council has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus, the local chamber of commerce and the Citizens Advice Bureau to offer a programme of courses at a local venue designed to help get local people back on track career-wise.
Courses take place in the Sutton Holiday Inn and over 40 people attended the latest set of courses.
Executive council member for economic development, Sutton Council, Cllr Lyn Gleeson, says “These excellent events offer all these professionals need to know about the help available and which way to turn for support. It may also be a good time for people to look at retraining or even to start their own business, and they can find out how at the free events.”
Jobcentre Plus external relations manager Fergus Grant says he is pleased with how the seminars turned out to be “so informative”. He adds: “This is very encouraging and I’m looking forward to meeting the next group of delegates”.
According to official statistics, the number of managers and professionals seeking Jobseekers’ Allowance has risen by 154 per cent in just a year.
Ben Stephenson-Oliver, a former investment manager, says the sessions are useful.
“I think the whole course has helped me find out about training in particular and I really looked forward to coming back for the second session. I am already coming to the view that I want to retrain.”