Nottingham City Council announce new ESF support programme for unemployed people

Posted 04.02.2020

Nottingham City Council, and partners across the region, have announced a new range of support activities for unemployed residents in the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area, especially those facing personal or economic barriers to finding a job.

Called Way2Work, the three-year project part-funded by the European Social Fund, will support unemployed people who face multiple barriers to work. The project will specifically help people without basic maths and language skills, single adult families, people from BAME communities (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), over 50s, and people with disabilities or health conditions which have a long-term and significant impact on their daily lives.

The Way2Work partnership, led by Nottingham City Council, will bring together upper tier local authorities in D2N2 (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire), as well as community organisations and training providers. It will create an integrated network of employment support which will help to meet the recruitment needs of local employers.

The Way2Work programme will begin in March 2020 and run until March 2023. It will be delivered by a partnership of organisations across the region – Academy Transformation Trust, Community Action Derby, Community Training Portal, Derby City Council, Derby College, East Midlands Chamber, Futures, Nottingham City Council – Children’s Integrated Services, Nottingham City Council – Economic Development, Nottingham City Homes, Nottinghamshire County Council (trading as Inspire) and The Prince’s Trust.

Way2Work will also provide job seekers and inactive residents with access to training which is specific to their individual needs and which will increase their current employment prospects. A broad range of support is on offer including work preparation and job application advice plus information about self-employment, work experience opportunities and apprenticeships, basic skills, digital skills and functional English to support eligible non-English speakers.

Way2Work also offers life-skills support including financial advice and financial support for travel and childcare, route and travel planning alongside financial support for bus passes to help individuals sustain their job or training placement once it starts.

Councillor Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Early Years, Education and Employment said: “Way2Work is a great example of the type of collaboration which Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Jobs Hub are well known for and will enable partners to provide job seekers and employers the services which are right for them.

“The success of this project relies on it being able to provide one-to-one tailored support and mentoring delivered in convenient venues, including job centres and libraries. By doing this it will give participants a range of opportunities to recognise their skills, competences and attitudes to work and training and enable them to make a full contribution to the local labour market, not just in Nottingham but across the region.”

More information can be found on the Way2Work webpage. 

Contact the Way2Work team on email: way2work.admin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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