Employment project getting Gloucester jobseekers back into work
GFirst is helping jobseekers get ready for work with a new employment scheme in Gloucester.
The economic development company has teamed up with Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited, the county's Enterprise Agency and leading skills provider, to run Opportunity Gloucester, a programme designed to get recently unemployed people back into work.
The project provides support for people that have been out of work for under a year by providing one-to-one interviews and mentoring to discuss personal circumstances and ambitions, qualifications, work experience, barriers to employment and then to help to identify training and job opportunities.
Keith Rog, Head of Marketing and Development at GFirst, said: "There are a number of schemes that are running in Gloucestershire for longer term unemployed people but there has been no support for those that have recently come out of work.
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"This can be the best time to find job seekers new employment and so GFirst and Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd worked with Job Centre Plus to develop Opportunity Gloucester to target those people and help get them back into work and help boost the economy."
Opportunity Gloucester is funded by Jobcentre Plus and open to people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for less than nine months. You can only access support by being referred by your Jobcentre Adviser. Around 25 people will be helped by the scheme in Gloucester each month.
Kevin Holt from Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd said: "Unemployed people come from a wide range of backgrounds and have very different needs, circumstances, aspirations and starting points. Fortunately this scheme not only recognises this but caters for it too."