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A Better Start Southend - Work Skills Project

The Work Skills project is a key part of A Better Start Southend (ABSS), with a focus on skills, enterprise, employment and wider economic development, all with the aim of inspiring and exciting parents of children under 4 in the ABSS wards. Free childcare is provided at the events, with the help of a mobile crèche.

The Work Skills team works with businesses across the Southend Borough and other local areas. The parents that are supported by the project are living within 6 wards of Southend-on-Sea, identified as the areas of highest deprivation. Click here for more details.

Within the project, there are 4 different types of event: 

  • Industry Visits - A 2-hour event at the business premises where parents can be offered the chance to find out more about career paths, inside tips from HR professionals, staff members that might have similar backgrounds to their own, and a chance to see behind the scenes of the business.
  • ABSS Work Skills 60 Minute Mentor - A chance for a business professional with an interesting, relevant background, an inspiring story of achievement, or success within a particular industry, to tell their story. Attendees hope to discover possible career pathways through meeting inspirational role models.
  • Intro 2 Enterprise - A 4-week course designed to help parents become inspired to start their own business. At the fourth and final session business professionals are invited to attend a marketplace.
  • Learning for Mum and Dad – 2-hour sessions to aid employment skills for parents, such as Building Assertiveness and Confidence, CV Development, Interview Skills and Flexible Working. The sessions are delivered by organisations such as Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, Southend Adult Community College, First Aid Fairies, South East and Central Essex MIND, and many more.

Why Do Businesses Want to Get Involved in the Work Skills Project?

  • An Industry Visit could help you to find the perfect member of staff. The project has already helped to recruit for Holiday Inn, Southend Adult Community College, Southend Care, even the A Better Start Southend project!
  • Participate in a Lottery funded project that focusses specifically on the Southend Borough, and is aimed at improving the lives of young children and their families
  • Be part of a rewarding experience to meet people starting on their career path and be able  to help them
  • Earn Industry Champion points
  • Perhaps you offer accountancy services or other business functions that might be useful for our new entrepreneurs at the marketplace session of the Intro 2 Enterprise course. Take this unique opportunity to network with other businesses as well as start-ups and individuals new to the industry 
  • Promotional material goes out across the borough, social media platforms, and the Council’s business pages, and your company could be part of it

How Can You Get Involved?

Contact Lucie (Skills Project Administrator) or Amir (Skills Project Officer) at or call 01702 215022

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