Local Jobs for Local People


We know that there are lots of people in our area who would like a new job – maybe a more skilled job than they currently have, or a promotion, or a career change. Other people might want to get back into work after having a family, or want a job with a permanent contract or more hours.


There have also been lots of changes to the law and the benefits system over the past few years, so some people might be looking for new employment which meets their specific needs.


This scheme aims to reduce unemployment and under-employment among residents of Rudheath and Witton through a programme of training and skills development. We will also be working directly with local employers to help them make sure our residents can apply for their job vacancies.


Whatever the reason we want to provide support for people looking for work and help get people ready for the new challenge. This might include specific training for a different career or promotion, taking part in traineeships, work experience or mentoring schemes, or just help in searching for work and making applications to companies.


Emma Smith is the Rudheath and Witton Employer Engagement Officer. Emma is based at the Work Zone (next door to the station) and has lots of experience in helping people get the employment they need and want, as well as liaising with local companies.


This project started in January 2017 when Emma will be out and about in the area, holding workshops and meeting local residents to start to identify what people think is needed.


Emma will also be working closely with employers in the area to find out what opportunities they may have coming up and help support local residents to access interviews for these posts, as well as running jobs fairs and clubs in the area.


If you think this might be of interest to you, or just want to hear a bit more about what’s available you can contact Emma on 01606 45724 (Tuesday- Thursday) or email emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.


English as a Second Language (ESOL) course | Updated 6 Aug 2018


Over the last few weeks Ioana from Bethel Church has been working with our Local Jobs officer Emma to help local residents for whom English isn't their first language to become more fluent.

We've been able to help people originally from Lithuania, Romania, Poland, India , East Timor and Angola to improve their language skills and at the end of the course they each brought in one of their national dishes to share with the others.

If you'd be interested in attending future classes email our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Business Administration Course | Updated 22 Apr 2018


We currently have the opportunity for residents to attend a Business Admin course starting  on the 8th May.


Courses are of course always valuable but this one sticks out as you will also will be offered the opportunity to gain work experience and engage with local employers in the area by visiting premises and meeting with employers  and employees who will be looking to share their experience.


You will need to be 19+ and claiming an out of work benefit.


  • Each learner will complete a 2/3day placement with either Northwich or Winsford Work Zone of which expenses will be paid

  • A visit to Barclays at Gadbrook Park to look at how they operate and what they look for in a potential employee

  • A visits from Qwest to talk about opportunities and again what they look for in a potential employee/application form

For more information contact our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith on emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or 07775 027 270.

Family First Aid Course | Updated 26 Jan 2018


We've had lots of requests for a family first aid course and we're pleased to say that we've now organised a free session at the Work Zone on Wednesday 4th April.

Topics covered will include choking, burns, infant CPR and the infant recovery position.

Sessions will last for 3 hours and will start at 9.30, 1.30 and 5.30. There are only 12 places per session and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information and to book your place contact our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith on emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or 07775 027 270.

Barclays Community Bankers | Updated 5 Nov 2017


Knowledgepool, working in partnership with BARCLAYS – Manchester, Altrincham and Northwich, are delivering a 4 week 25+ Programme with FULL-TIME Community Banker apprenticeships attached. This innovative programme will equip 25+ year olds with pre –employment skills, develop their customer service expertise and an opportunity to get a FULL-TIME APPRENTICESHIP with BARCLAYS paid at £15,500. Click here for the full Job Description.


What will the candidates be doing during the Pre-Employment Training for 3 weeks?

In amongst a variety of engaging and interesting tasks, candidates will be:

• Developing their Customer Service and Communication skills

• Developing their ability to engage and work with others

• Preparing and developing their interview skills

• Growing and developing their confidence

• Learning how to take ownership of BARCLAYS values and understanding them as a Business.

When does the course start?

Date: Monday 6th November 2017

Venue: Mad Lab, Northern Quater


Who can apply?

The eligibility for this programme can be broken down into:

  1. 25 plus years old, CLAIMING BENEFITS, any level of qualification, who are computer literate and have an interest in building a career in customer service with Barclays


Please note:

  • Candidates must have Right to Work documentation which MUST INCLUDE a valid Passport, FULL Birth Certificate and NI number along with a proof of address dated within 3 MONTHS such as a utility bill or driving /provisional licence

  • Candidates who have current Count Court Judgements (CCJ’s) will be taken on a case by case basis

  • Candidates with Fraud related Criminal Convictions will NOT be eligible for this programme (Candidates with unspent  Criminal Convictions NOT Fraud related will be taken on a case by case basis)

  • Capita & Barclays are equal opportunity Employers and encourage applications from those with disabilities and support needed will be discussed during initial stages of referral

Work Placements

1 week work experience as a Community Banker with Barclays in Manchester, Altrincham and Northwich


Other Information

  • The roles are FULL TIME, 5 days per week

  • The call centre is open between 8am-11pm 7 days a week, so customers will have to be able to work shifts and be able to travel to and from all locations during these times

  • All travel for the academy (PET, WEX, Interview) to be paid by the Jobcentre

  • Dress code – Smart Casual (no jeans or trainers)

For more information email our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Working with McDonald's | Updated 5 Nov 2017


With the new McDonald's drive-thru due to open this month, this video  explains how we've been working with the franchisee to give our residents the opportunity to become part of their new team.


If you'd be interested in finding out more email our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Get Online Tea Party | Updated 30 Oct 2017


We have had a lovely afternoon getting older people online at the Work Zone recently. We enjoyed afternoon tea whilst learning to shop, skype, and email. The highlight of the day was Ian talking to his family in Australia.

The next event is on Thursday 30th November. If you'd be interested in attending email our Local Jobs project officer Emma Smith emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

McDonald's Open Day | Updated 11 Jul 2017


Around 60 job-seekers attended our recent Open Day with McDonald's at the Work Zone. Four of those people now have job offers to work in the Northwich restaurant and half of those are local residents. 

If you're interested in learning more about the opportunities available to residents via the Local Jobs for Local People project email emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Opportunities at McDonald's | Updated 27 Jun 2017


We are currently working with McDonald’s in Northwich who have 10 Crew Member vacancies offering a variety of shift and hour patterns.


Please come along and join us to find out more:


Thursday 6th JULY    -   OPEN DAY   -    10.30am & 11.30am  @ Northwich Work Zone

Come and find out more about McDonald’s, the job role and the ‘Day in the Life of an Employee’


Friday 7th July   -   Training Day  - 9.30am – 2.30pm  

@ Northwich Work Zone

Look at the companies values, interviews techniques, share experiences, selling yourself with a guaranteed interview for the right candidates


Monday 10th July   -   Interview   -  Time slots to be arranged 

@ Northwich Work Zone


To join as a Crew Member you’ll need to be confident in approaching and dealing with diverse groups of people. Friendly, courteous and helpful behavior will come naturally to you and you’ll work well as part of a team. Effective communication skills such as attentive listening, face-to-face verbal communication and eye contact are a must. You’ll also need to understand the importance of maintaining high standards of quality and service as well as cleanliness. The ability to maintain high energy levels whilst working both efficiently and productively is essential. Finally, your appearance should be smart and clean.




Ø Free food whilst on shift

Ø Holiday Pay

Ø Pension

Ø Performance Reviews

Ø Service Awards

Ø Employee Discounts at major High Street stores

Ø Opportunities for Development & Promotion

Ø Childcare Vouchers

Ø Employee of the Quarter

To book a place onto the Open events or training please call    -    Emma on 01606 288540 or  email emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

First Aid Course | Updated 22 Jun 2017


Recently we held a free, certified emergency first aid course for residents at Work Zone. Attendees learned about CPR, defibrillators and the necessary checks to perform as a first-responder. They received a level 2 QCF qualification for completing the course, which will enable one person to become a Volunteer Leader at Grozone Community Garden.

If you're interested in learning more about the opportunities available to residents via the Local Jobs for Local People project email emma.smith2@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Jobs Fair | Updated 22 Apr 2017


Employers including the Hut Group, Barclays and Mid-Cheshire NHS met with potential new recruits at a Jobs Fair last week (21 Apr). The event, held at Northwich Memorial Court, saw a steady stream of visitors. Weaver Vale Housing Trust,

Johnson's Removals, Youth Fed, Cheshire Community Development Trust and Close Brothers were among a number of other companies to have stalls on the day.

Rudheath and Witton Together

c/o Groundwork CLM

Yarwoods Arm

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