On Friday, October 6th, The Rt Hon Suella Braverman, Home Secretary and Member of Parliament for Fareham, visited local constituents as they attended careers guidance workshops hosted by the National Careers Service.
The National Careers Service provides access to independent, impartial and professional advice on careers, skills, and the labour market. This comprehensive service is accessible online, through advisers on the telephone, and face-to-face in the community to anyone living in England and aged 13 and above. The service places particular emphasis on priority groups who may need more help in developing their career management skills and progressing in work or learning.
During her visit, Ms Braverman actively participated in two workshops that exemplify the National Careers Service’s commitment to empowering individuals in their professional journeys:
Experience Matters: An interactive workshop challenging stereotypes surrounding older workers, equipping those aged 50 and above to assess their career aspirations, recognise their existing skills, explore career transitions, and tap into a wealth of support resources and tools.
Interview Skills: Tailored for a diverse audience, this workshop offered valuable insights into various interview types, effective preparation techniques, and adeptly handling interview questions using the STAR method to showcase skills and experiences.
Ms Braverman shared her sentiments during the visit, stating: “It was excellent to visit the National Careers Service to learn more about the work they’re doing in Fareham to help jobseekers. As part of their service, the independent, impartial and professional Fareham team holds a wide variety of workshops that offer tailored advice for local residents.
“I enjoyed taking part in an interactive workshop designed to encourage and support over-50s back into the workforce. By uncovering and exploring people’s skills and life experiences, the session helped to break down some of the myths and perceptions about older workers, which provided the group with many practical paths back into the workforce.
“If you’re struggling to find a job or think you need support, the fantastic team at the National Careers Service can provide you with a skills assessment, course recommendations, qualification support, CV development, interview techniques, an understanding of the local job market and lots more.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Jobcentre next month, where I will be hosting my annual Apprenticeships, Skills and Jobs Fair. Between 10am to 1pm on Friday 24th November, attendees will be able to explore a variety of apprenticeship, training or employment possibilities while being put directly in touch with local companies looking to help. The fair is free and open to all young people in Fareham (aged 15 upwards). If you have any questions, please get in touch.” – Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP (9th October 2023)”
Craig Garton, Director of Operations at National Careers Service South East, highlighted the importance of the service to local adults: “We are delighted to have welcomed Suella today, to share with her the significant impact of providing local people with access to impartial careers advice and guidance delivered by qualified professionals. Free support from the National Careers Service in local communities is a vital cornerstone to helping people develop realistic short-term and long-term plans to secure sustainable employment. It ensures that individuals can navigate their career paths with confidence, fostering personal growth and contributing to a stronger, more resilient society.”
For further information about the National Careers Service, visit nationalcareers.service.gov.uk.