Local Employment Project Hits Target Three Times Over

Telford, United Kingdom, February 01, 2018 --(PR.com)-- A local employment programme is celebrating one year of success, having helped three times their yearly target of individuals to find work.

The Building Better Opportunities Shropshire Project, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, supports those furthest away from the labour market helping them move forwards into employment.

The programme, run by a partnership of 20 organisations led by Landau, is tackling poverty by helping locals build their confidence and skills, and tackle individual barriers to learning.

Nearly 700 individuals have already benefited, including more than 300 with a disability. Over 200 of these individuals had been unemployed for over two years, and an equal amount lacked basic skills and motivation.

Thanks to work experience, volunteering opportunities and individually tailored support as part of the project, 84 locals have found work and further 124 have volunteered as a direct result of the program.

One participant said, “I am so grateful for the support and assistance I have received since being part of this project. It has given me focus and direction whilst building by confidence and self-esteem; opening up avenues I would never have considered before. It is the best decision I have made to make inroads on my journey to finding the right career path for me. Based on my experience, I would recommend becoming part of this project to others who need support and guidance; it is a great project to be a part of.”

Reflecting on the success of the project, Sandie Dent, BBO Project Manager said:
“We’ve had an extremely successful first year delivering BBO in Shropshire, supporting more than 680 people to increase their confidence and skills, and improve their chances of finding jobs. Thirty-seven of the people helped into employment by the project were from jobless households – securing work, income and independence have been a truly transformational achievement for them. We look forward to supporting more local people in this way over the coming year.”

Note to Editors:

Landau is a registered charity who has been delivering support services to those with learning disabilities, long-term unemployed and young people since 1995. Helping over 600 people a year across Stoke, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the Black County, Landau is committed to empowering individuals through formal/informal learning for the benefit of clients and the wider community.

For more information visit https://landau.co.uk

The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.

The BBO project has received £2.7m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/europeangrowth-funding

The European Social Fund
The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.

For more information visit http://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp
Sadie Mollett
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