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Helping People into Work

Thursday, December 13, 2007

In June the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions launched 15 City Strategy pathfinder areas to help people into work. Sheffield has been chosen to run the programme and Heeley MP Meg Munn went along to the Retail Academy at The Source training centre, near Meadowhall, to see for herself.


The programme involves government agencies, employers and local community organisations working together to support jobless people find work. During her visit Meg saw one of the training courses which involves 6 training sessions that prepare trainees for employment in the retail sector with a guaranteed interview with a retail store at Meadowhall at the end. She also had the opportunity to talk to those who had been on the programme, as well as store managers from Primark and Next who are two of the companies supporting the programme.


Meg said:


“This is a fantastic programme helping people from deprived communities become well trained and work-ready. Those I talked to, who have been through the programme, said it gave them confidence and increased their ambition.


The guarantee of an interview at the end is what really makes this course workable, encouraging those on the programme to consider that with the right training they could be in employment. The new City strategy can help shift the way that welfare to work support is delivered to local residents and has my full support.”


Eve Waite, Director of Employment Programmes at Sheffield City Council said:


"We are finding that we can achieve far more together than we each can separately. The approach we have taken in Sheffield is to be more creative and allow ourselves the freedom to try new ways of doing things, so we can meet local needs."


Since its launch the Pathfinder programme has worked with both Darnell Forum and Burngreave Forum, it is set to be rolled out over the coming year to other areas throughout Sheffield.


For more information contact Eve Waite, Director of Employment Programmes at Life Long Learning and Skills, on 229 6136.

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Meg is pictured with trainees in one of their retail training sessions.

Meg is pictured with trainees in one of their retail training sessions.

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