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Employment & Skills

West of England Works is our one-to-one employment support, career planning and guidance service for unemployed people who have support needs and a local connection to B&NES.

How we can help

Our specialist employability key workers will support clients to make a personalised plan, taking into account both immediate needs and longer-term goals, with the goal of entering employment, training or education.

One-to-one support
Our employment and skills coaches will create a personalised plan to guide you into employment, education or training.
Work experience
We can help with work placement and trials to gain valuable experience through our network of employers.
We can put you in touch with a range of organisations in B&NES, such as debt management.
Job preparation
We provide a range of services such as CV writing and interview techniques.
Transportation costs
We can help with the costs of public transport to ensure they can attend interviews.
Skills development
We can help develop skills such as confidence, self-esteem and personal development.
We offer a range of internal and external volunteer opportunities.
Access to training
We can help with accessing training, apprenticeships and colleges.
Child care costs
We can assist with child care costs and what entitlements are available when returning to work.

Some activities will take place at Julian House and some will make use of our network of partner agencies.

Moving forwards

We aim to help all of our clients progress towards voluntary work, training and employment.

Progress moves at different speeds  for different people and we will support clients for as long as we are able to help.

Wherever possible, we will help people move on to opportunities with our partners, and towards greater independence.


We provide employment support for people who:

  • Have been economically inactive or unemployed for 12 months
  • Are a UK citizen, or who have the right to work in the UK
  • Are refugees –
    Unfortunately, we cannot support asylum seekers
  • Have support needs –
    This may include needs around mental and physical health, substance misuse, homelessness, long-term unemployment etc.
  • Have a local connection to B&NES

Apply to this service

You can apply to this service using the contact details below, or a friend, family member, or organisation can do it on your behalf.

A employment support worker will get in touch to arrange an initial meeting at a time that suits you.

If you are eligible then we will work closely with you to create a personalised support plan.

01225 354660

West of England Works is led by Weston College and is a collaboration of locally based voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working across the West of England with a history of working in partnership to support people in communities experiencing high levels of deprivation and who face often complex and multiple barriers to accessing work.

The Delivery Partners of West of England Works have common strategic missions which align closely with the objectives of the Big Lottery’s Building Better Opportunities Fund; to actively support people furthest from employment to achieve their full potential and secure sustainable employment.

Julian House is a delivery partner in Bath & North East Somerset, working in partnership with other specialist providers such as DHI.

The project will be delivered over the next 3 years until 31st December 2019 to increase readiness, ability and confidence of unemployed or economically inactive people to seek or enter employment, education and training.