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Jobs programme awarded funding lifeline

Last Modified July 07, 2022
An innovative training programme which has helped long-term unemployed Hertsmere residents back into work will continue thanks to council funding.

Our Executive members agreed yesterday to award up to £20,000 to the council's Community Wealth Building Project, which has helped 27 long-term unemployed people back into jobs in just three months, by boosting their employment and life skills. In addition, a further 32 individuals who were not identified as long-term unemployed have secured jobs through the project, which launched in March this year.

The project is being delivered in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions and Clarion Futures. the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. It was being funded through the Government's Community Renewal Fund, however, that fund was due to end last month.

To enable the project to continue until October, members agreed to the further cash boost. Hopes are a bid for more government funding, which is currently being prepared, will enable it to continue after the autumn.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Properties, said: "With both Elstree Studios' new soundstage and Sky Studios Elstree set to begin operating this month, it's vital that we ensure people who need the jobs these opportunities will create have the employment and life skills available to secure them.

"Through working closely with our partners at the Department for Work and Pensions and Clarion Futures, we've been delighted at the results this project has achieved so far.

"It has enabled residents from a variety of backgrounds to make the first steps towards a better future and for many has resulted in job offers.

"We understand not everyone who undertakes training will walk out and land a job the next day, but the skills and experience they gain on the programme, means they will be in a much better place to secure employment when they get the chance.

"And more people in work has a benefit for us all, as it leads to a safer, happier community - one where people feel they are contributing and valued."

Victoria Whittle, Head of Jobs and Training at Clarion Futures, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hertsmere Borough Council and the DWP to deliver this employability programme which is already making a real difference to local residents.

"Providing tailored advice and support is crucial, ensuring people get the help they need to tackle any barriers they’re facing and find work. We’re looking forward to seeing how things progress over the coming months.”  

The project delivers a series of training sessions on a range of skills, focussing on employability skills, including CV writing, interview skills, Microsoft training, construction training, security personnel training and retail/customer service training.

Last month, Borehamwood Jobcentre Plus was awarded a Director's Innovation award at the South East of England Race for Jobs awards for its role in delivering the Community Wealth Building project.

It was also named winner in the category for the highest number of employer activity and second in the category for the highest number of vacancies with guaranteed interviews for national accounts.

To find out more email economic.development@hertsmere.gov.uk

This press release has been produced in partnership with Clarion Housing Group.


Posted on Thursday 7th July 2022

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