Thursday, August 6, 2009

News: Redundancy help at hand across Rotherham


Four colleges and training providers across Yorkshire and the Humber are to get extra Government funding for training to help people, who have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy, back into work.

Leeds City College and Careers Enterprise will get approximately £14.5m of the £100m that the Government and European Social Fund are making available as part of a Response to Redundancy package to fund high-quality training places for up to 70,000 people in England.

The money will help people who are currently under notice of redundancy or have recently lost their jobs, offering them free, flexible training to boost their skills so they can move quickly back into work.

Minister for Regional Economic Coordination Rosie Winterton said: "These colleges and training providers will be able to offer a shot in the arm for people in Yorkshire and the Humber who are facing uncertain times in their careers and working lives.

"Our primary aim is to keep the time people spend out of work to a minimum while making the return to work a stepping stone to a more skilled future. I hope people across Yorkshire and the Humber who are facing redundancy or who are out of work will take full advantage of these training opportunities."

In Yorkshire and the Humber, four colleges and training providers will use funding to pay for short courses to update existing skills or start to retrain in new occupational areas. Where possible, accredited units of training will be carried forward and put toward a future qualification.

Everyone who trains through this programme will also receive an individually-tailored package of careers advice, help with searching for a job and guidance on job applications.

Leeds City College website


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