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The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been successful in securing funding for its most vulnerable and workless residents from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative. As a City Region, £42 million has been secured to assist people.
The St Helens ESF Ways to Work Programme will support local people into work through job search, coaching and mentoring, paid work experience, training and skills development, and information, advice, and guidance.
The programme will work with people to help them into work through additional advice, work placements and targeted training. There will also be initiatives to specifically support young people leaving care, and other vulnerable groups and people who are out of work with a health condition.
The individual will legally need to be a resident in the UK and 16+. They also must be able to take paid employment in a European Union member state and finally they need to be unemployed or not in full time education.
First of all, the individual must register to the ESF Ways to Work Programme. Secondly, a needs assessment will be completed and an action plan will be used to map out the development path. Finally, progression will be made to prepare the individual for work.
Individuals will have access to a wide range of provisions including information, advice and guidance, skills for life assessment, employability workshops, peer coaching and mentoring and finally a work placement.
The programme will engage with over 2000 individuals from St Helens, providing individualised and needs-led support, with the overall aim being to support around 800 people into sustainable employment.
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