Working together to help job-seekers in Grimsby
EMPLOYERS are being encouraged to showcase their job opportunities to work-seekers in Grimsby.
National training provider Intraining hosted a careers event for clients signed up to the Work Programme – the government's flagship scheme aimed at getting people off welfare and into work.
A number of employers, training providers and business advisers attended the event, and with similar events planned throughout the year, Intraining is keen to hear from other local companies looking to take on new staff.
Employers who offer work to an 18 to 24 year-old on the Work Programme could be eligible to claim up to £2,275 under the Wage Incentive Scheme.
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Vicki Daly, employer engagement consultant at Intraining in Grimsby, said: "We have held similar events in the past but this is a new year and a new start. We are looking at holding events on a quarterly basis and we are happy to hear from employers who would like to attend."
Lucy Ottewell, Intraining's business development manager for the north, said: "This event is all about trying to help as many people as possible to get back into work or on a training course.
"We can offer apprenticeships and NVQs for the local labour market, and we can also offer support to people already in employment.
"Grimsby has got one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and we need to do something about it."
Among the employers at the careers event was Coldwater Seafood.
HR officer Laura Botham said: "We have taken a number of CVs and a number of people have shown interest in factory work in the local area.
"It is always a benefit for us to get potential employees that are job fit and job ready and that is what Intraining provides."
Job-seeker Scott Turrell, 23, of Pershore Avenue, Grimsby, said: "I got laid off as a factory operative a month ago and I'm looking for more factory work and Coldwater could be an option.
"The Work Programme has been good. I go on the internet to look for jobs and I have been given help with my CV and covering letter."
Roy Childs, 41, of Bevan House, Grimsby, has been on the Work Programme for the past two months.
He said: "I came out of work in March last year and am looking for labouring or factory work – anything really, I just need to work.
"Today has been helpful. I've filled in the forms so I'm just waiting to hear back now."
To help tackle the area's job situation, the Grimsby Telegraph's Your Life Your Future campaign is aiming to find 200 work experience placements for job-seekers in North East Lincolnshire.
For more information visit www.intraining.co.uk