By Christopher Morgan
Kirklees Council has secured new funding to help people in the community access work.
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.”