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New employment skills centre opens in Hart

Hart District Council and local housing association, VIVID have launched a new Hart Employment Skills Centre at the Council offices in Fleet.

The Skills Centre will run every Tuesday morning between 10am and 1pm from the Hart Business Centre which is located in the Council Offices based on Hartlington Way in Fleet.

This exciting joint initiative between Hart and VIVID will offer the opportunity for residents to gain personalised support with Education, Training and Employment (ETE) opportunities. Those attending will receive help with CV writing, job hunting, money and benefit advice and volunteering opportunities.

Cllr Stuart Bailey, Cabinet Member for Housing at Hart District Council, said: “It’s great to see this new service available to residents in Hart. As a Council, supporting residents in becoming economically active is one of our priorities and this new centre will enable residents to get back into work, improve financial circumstances and in extreme cases, prevent homelessness. I hope any residents who are interested in developing their skills, regardless of their current working situation, take the opportunity to visit this centre.”

Derek Streek, Head of Neighbourhoods at VIVID, added: “We’ve been running similar initiatives very successfully in other parts of Hampshire for some time now and felt that the same service would be well received by our residents in Hart. We’re committed to supporting our customers to create bright futures for themselves and we look forward to welcoming people to the centre and helping them to develop their employment skills.”

The weekly sessions will be run by Elliott Buttle (Employment and Training Officer for VIVID) and Amy Allen (Health and Wellbeing Officer for Hart District Council). The weekly sessions will be by appointment.

If you are interested in attending a session please call Amy Allen on 07966 915867 to book your place. Alternatively, if you are a VIVID customer please contact Elliot Buttle at

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