Routes to Work office opened in Craigneuk, Wishaw

Ongoing support available for people looking to get back to work

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The new Routes to Work hub is based on the site of the former Craigneuk library and provides people with the confidence, skills and support they need to secure a job.

Routes to Work was established in 2002 and, together with North Lanarkshire Council, has helped over 17,000 people find work.

Cllr Harry Curran, Chairman of Routes to Work, said: "The new centre will provide people in the Craigneuk and surrounding areas with first-class employability support - along with IT facilities which not everyone has access to and yet which these days are so important when trying to find work.

"Our service prides itself in the ability to provide the right individual support resulting in the right job, at the right time, for the right person.

The employment support available includes: including interview techniques, confidence building, job matching and trial work periods. And crucially, Routes to Work also continues to provide support to people during employment.

Peter Walker from Wishaw has benefited directly from the support of Routes to Work. After years of unemployment he was offered a placement with Albert Bartlett and in January this year he was made a supervisor.

He said: "Anyone who wants to get back into work should contact Routes to Work - the support they provide is fantastic and I've benefited so much from what they do."

The service is open to unemployed people of all ages in North Lanarkshire, provided they aren't in full time education. Anyone who wants more information on the service should call 0800 783 4731 or pop in to the new centre in Craigneuk.

Local councillors, council staff, partner agencies and service users attended the opening of the new centre, where they heard first-hand from staff and people who have benefited from Routes to Work.

Councillor McNally (Convener of Education, Youth and Communities) said: "It's great to be part of this exciting opening of the new Routes to Work Office in Craigneuk and it's a privilege to hear of the experiences of the people working here and of those using the service.

"Targeted employment programmes like this one are invaluable and provide much needed support. From people taking that first step of looking for work to securing and starting a job - there's help throughout this journey.

"And as the service is based within the heart of the local community it's easily accessible and welcoming and I'm confident the service will continue to help people move into and secure employment opportunities."

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