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Work and Skills priorities confirmed

Students from a local school getting hands on experience as part of the Work and Skills Plan

A comprehensive plan to support businesses, young people and residents into accessing work and skills has been agreed by Blaby District Council’s Cabinet.

The plan, running to 2021, will aim to broaden young people’s career perception about what’s available and help those furthest from the job market, as well as ex-offenders into work experience and job opportunities.

Large businesses based in the district have already signed up to be part of the Work and Skills initiative, which will involve linking organisations together with the seven academies with pupils from the District of Blaby involved with the Work and Skills plan.

These partnerships will help to set up regular programmes of work experience to link with partnered businesses. Ranging from site visits to work experience placements, young people will get an extensive look into the world of work and shaping their future career choices.

It is also hoped that Small and Medium businesses in the district will also sign up as part of the Work and Skills Plan.

Giving local people the chance to train and find work has been an ongoing initiative of the Council for more than two years. Planning requirements at both New Lubbesthorpe and Everards Meadows opened up opportunities to spend time gaining vital employment experience in their chosen industry.

The expansion of Fosse Park has become a site for people to learn and gain valuable work-place knowledge to begin a career or use it as a stepping stone towards a permanent job.

Since March 2017, the Council has helped more than 200 college students into attending construction industry workshops or site visits, has seen eight ex-offenders into employment in construction and seen more than 35 jobs created through the project.

Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “This plan is an expansion of the tremendous success our team have undertaken so far in working with residents and businesses.

“This plan will see us go some way to creating a ready-made work force and help local business hire local people. We’re excited to see the future success of this plan, as it seeks to offer a range of options, from work experience and apprenticeships to helping ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed back into work.”

Any schools or businesses interested in joining the Work and Skills Plan can contact the Community Development, Work and Skills team.

17 January 2020
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