Council helps fund support to improve employment opportunities in York

13 May 2013 @ 10.24 am
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Issued by City of York Council City of York Council has allocated £200,000 in funding from its Economic Infrastructure Fund to continue its drive to achieve greater economic inclusion across the city over the next three years.

The funding will be put towards a programme of activity across three priorities aimed at plugging gaps in York’s employment and skills offer.

The council last year agreed to the creation of the £28.5 million EIF to provide funding for projects of strategic importance to the city’s ambitions that create jobs and grow the economy.

The programme will offer support to residents who are seeking employment or facing redundancy by looking at expanding and improving jobs fairs, work experience opportunities and access to information about jobs and training opportunities.

The funding will also be put towards targeting programmes to equip residents with the right skills and qualifications to help support them getting into employment.

In doing so, the three year programme will further the council’s aim of making York a fair and inclusive city, free of poverty; where funding and support is prioritised to protect its most vulnerable residents.

The focus will be on creating employment opportunities across the city by maximising training opportunities and local recruitment opportunities to create a growing and diverse workforce.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour leader for City of York Council said: “I am pleased to be able to allocate this funding to support residents in York who are seeking employment. The recent Jobseekers figures which saw the number of claimants fall was encouraging and illustrates a strong and growing confidence in York’s economy – which is in no small part due to its skilled workforce.

“However, there is still work to be done and it is critical that we support residents who are seeking employment by improving access to information and removing barriers to employment.”

Councillor Julie Gunnell, City of York Council cabinet member for Corporate Services, said “The Financial Inclusion Policy is a concrete example of how we can act to achieve a fairer and more inclusive city by applying the Fairness Commission approach of directing resources to where they are most needed.

“We will work to ensure that all residents in this city have the employment advice they need and will double our efforts to help remove the barriers to work that some of our most vulnerable residents face.”

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