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What are the Ways to Work Centres for?

According to The Office for National Statistics, data shows that 7,420 people were claiming out-of-work benefits in St Helens as of April 2021, compared to just 4,325 in March 2020.  

The council and its partners recognise, that as result of these dire statistics, there is a clear need to widen the accessibility of the borough's employment support service and that the demand for support through will grow, just as it has throughout the pandemic period. 

The centres will enable co-location of council staff with key strategic local partners, in highly visible and accessible locations, allowing staff from St Helens Borough Council's Ways to Work programme to work alongside Career Coaches from Career Connect and Jobcentre Plus advisers to offer mentoring, coaching, advice and guidance, and job search support.