Keighley jobs boost thanks to pioneering partnership
16 June, 2016
Aspire-igen have been mentioned in local newspapers, Telegraph & Argus and Keighley news, for being part of a pioneering partnership that has helped nearly 200 jobs to be created or filled in the Keighley area.
And during the three years the Employment Opportunities Fund has been operating, the total employed across Bradford district totals more than 900.
The programme acts as a 'bridge' into work for unemployed people, providing participants with additional skills and qualifications, so they are better equipped to compete in the labour market.
Keighley organisations involved include the Bangladeshi Community Association, Keighley Healthy Living, the Sangat Centre, Keyhouse and KIVCA.
According to figures from Jobcentre Plus, 84 per cent of people graduating from the programme do not return to the unemployment register.
Originally, the scheme was aimed at 18 to 24-year-olds, those aged 50 and over and people with disabilities. But new funding has enabled it to also cater for jobless people aged 25-plus
Leading partners in the initiative include aspire-igen, Bradford Council, Incommunities, Jobcentre Plus, and the Leeds City Region.
Council leader, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, said: "The Employment Opportunities Fund job creation programme is part of the council's Get Bradford Working scheme to boost employment opportunities for all those living in the district.
"We are absolutely delighted the fund has achieved its original target of creating 400 jobs, and because of additional funding, has delivered an additional 500, far exceeding our initial expectations.
"The programme is now receiving national acclaim and is going from strength to strength by delivering exceptional results.
"We have invested £10.5 million into Get Bradford Working and are delighted partners have also invested significantly."
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