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Scheme to help Nuneaton’s disadvantaged into work given the go-ahead

Published on Friday, 29th June 2018

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The Employment Support Pilot will give people in Camp Hill tailored job advice and specialist support in the heart of their own community.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has awarded PET-XI a £209,959 contract to set up and deliver the three year scheme starting this summer. The Camp Hill pilot is one of nine being set up in communities across the wider West Midlands where unemployment is high and levels of pay low. The scheme, which is being funded by the WMCA using a £4 million Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grant, will also help equip low paid workers with the skills needed to land better jobs.

Cllr George Duggins, the WMCA’s portfolio holder for Productivity and Skills, said:

“There are record numbers of jobs being created in the West Midlands but some people are still missing out. So I’m pleased to have PET-XI on board to help make sure everyone in society has the chance to benefit from the job opportunities out there.”

The Nuneaton scheme along with the eight others across the region will help up to 4,500 people find work, with an emphasis on supporting people in to better paid jobs. There will be a particular focus on young people, disabled people and other vulnerable groups.

The schemes are part of the wider transfer of powers and funding from Whitehall to the West Midlands following the region’s decision to form a combined authority, led by an elected mayor.

Cllr Julie Jackson, leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and a member of the WMCA board, said:

“I am delighted that Camp Hill has been selected to take part in this pilot scheme, it’s a great boost for the area.

"As the scheme offers jobseekers a new level of specialist support within their own communities, it will focus on individuals and really promises to deliver results.”

Simon Fitzgerald, head of funding at PET-XI, added:

“We have vast experience in working with hard-to-reach communities and we will be working with those aged 16 plus in Nuneaton who want to re-train to apply for better-paid jobs and those who have not been employed for a long time.

"The WMCA’s goal is to make a real difference to peoples’ lives by helping them improve their future prospects. This is exactly the kind of project which will help to achieve that by using social networks within communities to make people aware of the project and how we can help.”

The location-based support is aimed at making it easier to engage with local residents and to encourage the communities themselves to use their existing social networks to help spread the word about the opportunities and support available. Evidence suggests that neighbours, extended family members and others in the local community can be an effective channel for getting information to the right people.

The other eight schemes are in:

•           Birchills Leamore, Walsall

•           Binley and Willenhall, Coventry

•           Glascote, Tamworth

•           Shard End, Birmingham

•           Washwood Heath, Birmingham