Bradford Council programme helps 3,000 people into work

The Get Bradford Working Programme has reached a major milestone after helping 3,000 people from the district back into employment since it was first launched in 2012.

The pioneering scheme, which provides a range of support to help Bradford residents overcome barriers to accessing the job market, supported its 3,000th person into work this week. 

Nabeelah Khalid, who  is the 3000th person to be supported, joined the SkillsHouse Retail Academy in October 2017. Previously in a volunteering role, Nabeelah completed the SkillsHouse Academy and gained four qualifications including WorldHost and is delighted to have been offered a role with Marks & Spencer.

She said: "Attending SkillsHouse gave me an insight of what employees are looking for, which in return helped with my employability with Marks & Spencer."

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills  Coun Imran Khan  said: “This is great news for Bradford. It is very encouraging to see the Get Bradford Working programme making a real difference to the lives of so many people  here in the district.

“Supporting local people so they can gain the skills they need to get into employment is a key priority for the Council as it supports our residents and provides a wider boost to our economy.”

Get Bradford Working involves a range of different initiatives working with partners including JobCentre Plus, the social enterprise Aspire-Igen, Incommunities and local colleges including Bradford and Shipley.

A major part of the programme is delivered by SkillsHouse retail academy launched in 2015 to ensure local people received training to be able to benefit from the retail and hospitality opportunities at the Broadway Shopping Centre.

Since then SkillsHouse has broadened its base to work with a wide range of employers and train people for jobs in the care, customer service and warehouse sectors. To date SkillsHouse has helped more than 900 people into work.  

Bradford Council has invested £800,000 in SkillsHouse since it was launched. Other key funding partners include JCP, Aspire-Igen, Bradford College and Shipley College.

The Get Bradford Working programme also includes the Skills, Training, Education and Employment Pathways (STEP), with funding allocated to support local people who are over 25 years of age into work.  The programme is supported by funding from the European Social Fund.

Incommunities is one of  the  partners delivering this support by providing six months of paid work in community based roles to help boost people’s  prospects of gaining sustainable employment.

To date Incommunities has helped nearly 1,000 people into employment since the launch of Get Bradford Working.

Kerry Robinson SkillsHouse Manager said: “We are proud to be part of the scheme that has  supported 3,000 Bradford residents back into work to date.

“There are many opportunities here in our district and it is great that we can help to provide training and support to ensure people who have been unemployed can make the most of them.”

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