Monday, 15 February 2010

Three is the magic number to target city’s jobless hotspots

A trio of schemes have been launched, designed to reach the unemployed people in Leeds who are furthest from finding jobs in some of the city’s most deprived areas.

Skilled for Success will help 620 low-skilled people into training and, ultimately, into jobs – targeting the areas of Leeds that are amongst the 20% most deprived in the country.

Co-ordinated by Leeds City Council and funded through the European Union’s European Social Fund (ESF) and the Learning & Skills Council (LSC), Skilled for Success forms part of the wider Skills for Jobs programme.

Skilled for Success is a programme of targeted activity that will help those considered furthest from the labour market into accredited and non-accredited pre-entry, entry level and Level 1 skills training. Three providers – HCT Group, Learning Partnerships and Trescom Research & Consultancy Ltd. – will provide the training.

The schemes focus on everything from starting a career in the transport industry to childcare, literacy, setting up a business, and construction health and safety.

Over the course of the programme, which runs until the end of the year, all 620 people on the scheme will each achieve some of the following:
• Skills for Life / Basic skills qualifications
• Non-accredited and accredited training
• Vocational Level 1 qualifications
• Progression into further learning
• Progression into employment
• Progression into voluntary work

Each individual works with their adviser to choose courses that are most relevant to their interests and goals. All courses are free of charge. Information, advice and guidance, help with travel and childcare costs, and ongoing support such as mentoring and motivational/ confidence building or life management support are available.

More information about the courses on offer, including contact details, can be found at

Councillor Les Carter, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for jobs and skills, said:
“These schemes will help the communities hardest hit by the recession, which has put the prospect of a job out of the reach of many working people.
“By giving them access to such a wide range of different training schemes, more than 600 people will have the chance to develop the skills that will vastly improve their chances of finding jobs.
“This is exactly the kind of scheme that will produce results – the council is working hard to ensure that Leeds will lead the way as the country comes out of recession.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937