Job-seeking parents had a shopping trip with a difference as they enjoyed a free behind the scenes experience at supermarket giants Waitrose. The visit to the superstore in Fossetts Way was one of the enhanced industry visits in our Work Skills project.

Parents had the opportunity to find out about the type of careers available, hear from members of staff about their own experiences and have a guided tour of the renowned supermarket, part of the John Lewis Partnership.

Our Work Skills project offers practical opportunities for parents of children aged under 4 in ABSS areas who are looking to get back into work or looking for a change of career. The project runs many different events and activities, including expert mentoring sessions, education and training and specialised industry visits such as the one offered by Waitrose. Be sure to regularly check our events page for upcoming events.

Amir Girnary, Skills Project Officer for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council working on the Better Start Southend Work Skills project, says “The session was a real success and the parents said it was a great experience. Like all the organisations we have worked with, Waitrose have been fantastic at every stage in the process. It is great to be involved in a project assisting parents to get back into employment, develop their skills and follow their aspirations, while supporting them to enjoy a life with their families too.”

Lyn Whyte, Partner at Waitrose in Fossetts Way, said “We welcomed the opportunity to be a part of the Better Start Southend Work Skills project, advising parents on how to prepare their CV and brush up on their interview skills. They also had a guided tour behind the scenes with Partner Jane Brennan.”

To find out more about the Work Skills project, contact Lucie Babbington at: economicd@southend.gov.uk  or call 01702 534077.

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