A PIONEERING community centre in Pontefract has been given £90,000 to help unemployed residents get back on their feet and into the job market.
St Mary’s Community Centre, on The Circle, Chequerfield, received the cash grant from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust to launch the community employment and skills programme which will teach Five Towns’ residents interview techniques and improve their CVs.
Julie Carritt, project manager, said: “I think this new programme will open up a lot more opportunities for people looking to get back into employment or learn new job skills.
“It is going to enhance the learning services we already provide at the centre, which we have a great reputation for, and have been successful at running for nine years.
“The cash grant is a welcome boost for people in the local area and we are so grateful to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, it has made us a one stop shop for unemployed residents where they can train, look for jobs and secure interviews.”
The cash has allowed the non profit charity centre to hire two employment consultants who will work closely with job agencies, including St Mary’s Jobclub, as well as employers to train residents for vacant posts within specific companies.
The project – launched last month – will also seek to place residents in voluntary positions in the community centre with an aim to increase their skills and work experience.
Mrs Carritt added: “The project will run for a year and we think it is going to be very successful as we have already had a fantastic first month.
“Spaces on the course are unlimited and we will do everything we can to help residents get into employment.”
For more information on the programme or other adult learning courses at the centre, call Mrs Carritt on 01977 705341.