The funding, which comes from the ‘Works Better Enhanced Programme’ helps people overcome barriers which may prevent them from working and builds on the success of Works Better which is now in its final year of delivery.
Works Better recognises that a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t provide the flexibility needed to meet the needs of all residents so a tailored package of support is developed for all participants. This means the support is perfect for full-time parents looking to get back into work, people with health issues who are wanting flexible part-time employment as well as people struggling to gain the skills and experience they need to gain and retain secure work.
The enhanced approach, which will draw on the skills of a wide range of council services and voluntary and community sector partners, will provide a catalyst in changing the culture across local employment and skills provision.
As one of the delivery partners, we will continue to work with the Council to ensure tenants and members of their household can take full advantage of the new integrated service offer which will complement existing provision including the Step by Step Programme which has been supporting KNH tenants since 2017.
Works Better Enhanced has an increased focus on the development of transferable skills and can support anyone living in Kirklees aged 15 years and over and not in employment and, will, therefore, align not only with KNH’s 3 Year Employment Plan (2018-2021) but also our Children & Young People Plan. The new provision is being rolled out from October (will start from 1 November 2019 at KNH) and will end in September 2022. During this period, KNH is seeking to support around 600 tenants access the right support, at the right time and at the right pace to meet their individual needs.
We will also continue to work closely with existing services such as Jobcentre Plus and C&K Careers. Works Better Enhanced also has the potential to complement and boost the support and interventions available to younger residents before, during and beyond their placement on the new Pre-Apprenticeship Programme at KNH.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council, said:
“Works Better supports local employers as well as our residents. Providing free recruitment support for local businesses helps build a sustainable local economy through business growth, employment and productivity which is essential for the success of the district. In addition, the bespoke matching service helps employers find skilled, local people ensuring they are a right fit to suit the needs of each organisation.”
Cllr Peter McBride, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration said:
“The funding package is fantastic news and means we can really build on the Works Better programme to help people who are out of work. It will help people to develop their skills and secure sustained employment, building the foundations of long term careers.
“The enhanced approach, which will draw on the skills of a wide range of council services and voluntary and community sector partners, will provide a catalyst in changing the culture across local employment and skills provision.”
If you are a KNH tenant or living in a KNH household, please contact employment support.