Career support for South Gloucestershire workers affected by coronavirus

May 19 2020

Future Bright – the West of England Combined Authority’s free career coaching service – has been expanded to help more of the region’s workers whose work and income has been affected by coronavirus.

The service is unique to the West of England – it is a pilot scheme initially funded by the Department for Work and Pensions – to support people in work and receiving benefits or tax credits to develop their skills, boost their careers and increase their incomes.  In response to the coronavirus, we have widened the scheme to help those whose work and income has been affected.  Our one-to-one career coaches are working with people to support them during this difficult time using phone and video channels to keep in touch.

Future Bright is available to people aged 19 or over living in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol or South Gloucestershire. The expanded service can now help: 

  • Those who have been made redundant, laid off or are at risk of redundancy, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,
  • Employees whose hours have been significantly reduced, and who therefore have a lower income (e.g. zero hours, cut from full to part time)
  • Self-employed workers, where their ability to earn has been severely impacted due to the nature of their business
  • Furloughed employees, if their reduced income means they are eligible for Universal Credit. 

To find out more and sign up visit www.futurebright.org.uk, or contact your local team at: 

Future Bright is managed by the West of England Combined Authority and delivered locally by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.