By Christopher Morgan
The new ‘Works Better Enhanced’ programme is designed to help people overcome barriers which may prevent them from working.
The scheme aims to build on the back of original ‘Works Better’ programme which is now in its final year of delivery.
The additional £6,227,148 is part-funded by the European Social Fund along with investment from Kirklees Council and local partner contributions.
Works Better Enhanced itself is receiving up to £3,113,574 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council, said: “Works Better supports local employers as well as our residents.
“It provides 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.”
Works Better claims to offer a tailored package of support which is developed for all participants.
The support is designed for everyone but especially 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.
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.”
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An institution that prides itself in nurturing young talent and being a space for musical growth, Musica Kirklees has given a range of people the building blocks they need to unlock their true artistic potential.
One of the many programmes that have helped develop this potential is the Musica Youth Orchestra.
Reuniting students and alumni from the last 20 years, the one-off celebration will act as the opus for all the orchestra has achieved within its time.
Taking place on the 8th of February at Huddersfield’s town hall, with doors opening at 6:45pm for a 7:30pm start, the two-hour bonanza promises to showcase a wide repertoire to honour its local heritage.
With adult tickets available for £10 and £3 for under 18s, the event is set to be a highlight within Huddersfield’s musical calendar. ... See MoreSee Less