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Council launches project to connect businesses with jobseekers

Construction site hats with levelling up, UK government and the Melton Borough Council logo

Melton Borough Council has built upon the success of its well-established Community Support Hub by creating a new Work and Skills Project, which will connect and support businesses and jobseekers across the borough.  

Funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the project aims to support businesses to find suitable employees, whilst also enhancing employability and access to jobs for local residents seeking employment. 

A key goal of the project is to help people find the right job, in the right workplace, to enable sustained employment and stability. It is hoped that by building employment skills, residents will benefit from increased resilience and confidence, leading them towards gaining and sustaining employment with the right business or employer.  

The skills and training that will be available to potential employees will be targeted to relevant industries that correlate to employment demand within the area, directly supporting opportunities for economic growth across the borough. 

As part of the Work and Skills Project, both employees and business will be supported through the transition period. In-work support for the business and the employees who have received support via the project will be available. In addition, businesses will have full support in building their workforce, by helping find the right employees along with more opportunities to connect with other businesses, stakeholders, and partner services.  

The Community Support Hub are already well established in working with partner services to help local people find work. They will utilise their existing multi-agency approach and network of partner services to support individuals through this project, including those who are vulnerable and/or face multiple barriers towards independence.  

The team are encouraging residents seeking employment, as well as businesses that are looking to expand their workforce or to fill vacancies within their workplace to get in touch. 

The Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Key Project Delivery, which includes the UKSPF, Cllr Pip Allnatt stated that “This initiative brings together support for business and those seeking gainful employment alike. The project will benefit the community and the local economy, and this tailored approach allows individuals to access worthwhile training that can be utilised in a workplace.  

“The values behind this project embody the values of the UKSPF initiative and will be an asset to the community. I look forward to hearing the outcomes and the stories that come out of this project. I encourage local businesses to get involved and see how the Community Support Hub may be able to grow your business.” 

Businesses that would like to hear more about the offer should email workandskills-CSH@melton.gov.uk or call 01664 502 342.  

If you are a resident over the age of 18, and are seeking employment, or would like to develop your employability skills and access training, please contact workandskills-CSH@melton.gov.uk or call 01664 502 342. 

For more information please contact: 

Email: Communications@melton.gov.uk 

Melton Borough Council 

Telephone: 01664 502 342. 

Notes for Editors 

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business and people and skills.  

For more information visit- www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus 

25 July 2023