The Workshop

Free Careers guidance for young people

Unemployment for 18-24 year old’s in Surrey Heath has risen by more than 200% since the Covid-19 Pandemic (based on Department for Work and Pensions’ figures of Universal Credit claimants of that age between Feb 2020 and Feb 2021). 

‘The Workshop’ is a joint partnership between Surrey Heath Borough Council and The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which aims to deliver holistic support to young people in response to the impact of Covid-19 on this specific group of working-age adults.

The Workshop
“This is a very important new initiative which supports young people in Surrey Heath as they take their first steps into work. As well as reducing unemployment, we also aim to increase the amount of young adults taking up apprenticeships, increase their employment skills and improve their confidence. We urge local businesses to get involved to provide young people with opportunities and also boost and strengthen their workforce for the future,”
Councillor Colin Dougan
Deputy Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council

Working primarily from a ‘hub’ space in central Camberley (shop space opposite TK Maxx in The Square), The Workshop works closely with local businesses and employment support providers to offer young job seekers (both referred via DWP and a ‘walk-in’ service) opportunities to improve their employment skills and discover new career paths. 

The Workshop will is a comprehensive information centre to signpost the services and support available to young people, and work alongside local businesses to deliver career-style events, skills workshops and seminars to demonstrate the breadth and depth of employment opportunities available in Surrey Heath. 

The success of this project relies heavily upon local businesses and employment support providers offering their support, time and resources as part of their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. We want to lead by example; demonstrating that local business communities and organisations can join forces to support those in need.


Is your company able to offer any of the following? 

  • Employment, volunteering opportunities, traineeships, internships, apprenticeships, work placements, work experience, mentorships and potentially longer term opportunities.
  • Introduce candidates to career opportunities
Many of our service users missed out on the opportunity to gain work experience via their school or college because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Are you in a position to offer a young person a week or two of full- or part-time, unpaid work experience? The process would afford the young person the opportunity to gain skills in applying for and interviewing for a position, as well as the actual skills they’d gain whilst working with you, and a reference. In addition, this would give the young person valuable experience to add to their CV and would help them to develop their confidence and self-belief.  We would love to hear from you.