A NEW initiative to support residents into work is being launched across West Dunbartonshire.

From Friday, August 14, the virtual employability hub will offer advice and support to anyone in the area who is looking for a new job, wants to improve their skills, or is looking to undertake further training.

Officers from the council’s Working4U service will be on hand online to run employability workshops on topics such as creating a CV, preparing for interview, searching for jobs and sector specific training.

The mix of group and one-to-one sessions will all take place over Zoom, and will be open between 10am and 3pm everyday for people of all ages.

It will mirror the support that the service offered in a face-to-face capacity pre-Covid, and ensure that the pandemic does not disadvantage any resident who wishes to find a job or change career.

Councillor Diane Docherty said: “I am delighted to see this launching and pleased that the team are considering how they can continue to provide their much-valued support to residents during these unprecedented times.

“It is vitally important that residents can still get the support they require to ensure they are employable and have up to date skills when they are seeking a job.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister added: “The difference Working4U is making to people’s lives cannot be overstated and this support is even more important now than ever, in a time when many residents may be worried about their financial and employment future due to uncertainty brought about by the pandemic.”

Visit working4u-west-dunbarton-gov-uk.zoom.us/j/93038277743.