Scheme to get Harborough jobseekers back into work will now be rolled out on a permanent basis
Harborough Jobs Week was so successful that Harborough District Council wants to make it a long-term scheme
Jobseekers are getting a vital shot in the arm as a successful Harborough District Council scheme becomes long-term.
The authority’s first Harborough Jobs Week earlier this year is now to be rolled out on a permanent basis.
Over 50 jobs were shared during the scheme - along with apprenticeships, kickstart placements and employment support opportunities.
Two employment support webinars were also delivered alongside the National Careers service.
Due to the success of the week, and the positive feedback received, Harborough Jobs will become a permanent service for local residents and employers.
Cllr Phil King, who leads the council, said: “Harborough Jobs Week was an innovative event that really engaged people.
“We are delighted that we’ve been able to make this a permanent fixture to help businesses recruit great staff.
“We are also delighted to help jobseekers into the workplace - which is so important during these challenging times.”
There has been a 187 per cent increase in people claiming unemployment benefit in Harborough since January 2020 as the Covid pandemic has hammered the local economy.
“The aim of Harborough Jobs is to provide a one stop shop for job seekers to help with CV and interview skills, access support programmes and search for local vacancies,” said the council.
“It will be available to anyone who is unemployed, or those in work but seeking new opportunities, or simply uncertain of their job security.
“Employers are being encouraged to get in touch with the council with their job vacancies.
“They will be promoted for free across the council’s channels.
“The council will also support employers with their recruitment needs, including setting up apprenticeships, applying for the Kickstart Scheme, upskilling current staff and more.”