- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
MIKE HEDGES WELCOMES NEW £30M WORK PROGRAMME TO BOOST ECONOMY AND SUPPORT 35,000 PEOPLE
MIKE SAID ‘ I am very pleased with this announcement from Lesley Griffiths; While good progress has been made providing support for people seeking work, the blight of unemployment still affects far too many people in Swansea East. This support will provide extra opportunities for people to find work, especially in Communities First areas.’
An ambitious £30 million programme to help long-term unemployed adults into work, has been announced by Welsh Labour’s Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.
This significant investment, backed by £18 million of EU funds and supported by Jobcentre Plus, is for the first phase of the Communities for Work programme, which will support over 35,000 people aged over 25 in the 52 Communities First areas across Wales over the next three years and help more than 6,000 people into work.
The one-to-one advisory service is aimed at increasing the employability of economically inactive and long-term unemployed people and will be delivered by over 200 specialist advisers and mentors who will help people who may be anxious about entering the labour market or struggling to get a job because of a lack of qualifications, childcare responsibilities or health problems.
Communities for Work will focus on Wales’ most deprived areas, making use of the strong relationships Communities First staff have established and built-up during many years of working in the heart of the community. Mentors will work together with over 100 Jobcentre Plus specialist employment advisers, to match people’s interests and skills to the local labour markets’ needs to maximise their chances of successfully securing a job.