More than 50 employers were invited along to the Guildhall in Gainsborough for the official launch of the relocation and Go Digital of the Job Centre after it was transformed into a Public Service Hub to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for residents.
Businesses were brought along to show them how they can be supported now and in the future.
District Operations Leader from Department of Work and Pensions, Bryan Cole, said: “This is the official opening of the new Job Centre and also a chance to demonstrate West Lindsey District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions working together and cementing the working relationship.”
“This is the final brick in moving forward and working together to support the local community and bringing all the elements into one place.”
“It is also to launch the new digital aspects of the job centre.”
“It is a benefit to their business, it is not all about advertising jobs. We are here to support people in all other aspects of helping people into work including work experience and showing the benefit that brings.”
Council Leader, Jeff Summers, said he was delighted that West Lindsey was leading the way in making access to services as easy as possible.
He said: “This is a new and exciting way of working that puts the customer right at the centre of what we are doing.”
“West Lindsey is among the first district councils in the country to offer a range of different services under one roof.”
“Improved customer service, creating income and increased efficiency is what we are about. And this is just the beginning.”
Yvonne Bull, Job Centre Leader, said: “With this digital revolution, even more is being done to help people into work.”
This exciting new venture sees the council, Job Centre Plus, Volunteer Centre, Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s and Adult Services, and other partners all under one roof.
Now when customers enter the redesigned Guildhall they are greeted by a member of staff who directs them to the service they require.
There is also free IT access, with staff on hand to guide people through doing anything online from paying a bill to applying for a job.
Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Property, Coun Marc Jones, said: “It’s never been more important for us to get the best value out of our properties.”
“And by sharing space with the District Council and other partners, we’re not only saving taxpayers’ money, but also are making it more convenient for residents to access these services.”
“I’m sure this move will be welcomed by the local community.”
Volunteer Centre area co-ordinator, Gill Taylor, added: “We are delighted with our new custom-built office which offers a comfortable and friendly environment for our volunteer advisors to help people find the right volunteering opportunity.”
The opening times are 9am to 5pm Monday and Tuesday, 10am to 5pm Wednesday and 9am to 5pm Thursday and Friday.