Salford approves new skills and work program of £ 1.5 million

Salford must agree on a plan for a recently funded £ 1.5 million skills and work program during Lifelong Learning Week.

The updated program will help provide opportunities for young people advancing in education and work, connect adults with employment and education opportunities, and support businesses in creating sustainable opportunities for local people.

The goal is to support individuals and communities throughout a lifetime with continued learning to take advantage of opportunities and reduce inequalities.

A report approved at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, November 9, focused on three results to bring the Council’s vision of a learning city to life:

  • Improving and increasing the quality of local jobs – focusing on the basic economy and sectors such as hospitality, leisure, retail and including opportunities for beginners in the public and voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).
  • Improve the capacity and ability of local providers of education and technical skills to work with academically vulnerable young people and low-skilled adults.
  • Improve the skills of Salford residents.

City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “Our new Skills and Work program launches on Monday, December 13, 2021.

The time has come to reiterate the city’s commitment to education, work and skills. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, climate change and other issues have put pressure on public sector finances, resources and technological innovation. This has negatively affected the education and skills opportunities of the people of Salford.

The employment and growth sectors in Salford continue to evolve and change. It is imperative that we respond quickly to reshape our skills and work commitments, priorities and resources to respond to these opportunities and challenges. It’s about creating a better and fairer Salford for everyone.

Investing in skills and work for Salford residents will be part of the municipality’s preventive approach – as good quality and sustainable work are a core determinant for longer, healthier working lives, and in turn reduce the long-term demand for high costs acute and specialists. services.

The city’s unemployment rate has fluctuated from 4.8% to a low of 2.6% in 2015. During the pandemic, it rose again to a high of 7.3% in July 2021. During this period, Salford’s rate has been consistently higher than both Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester. England average. We will work closely with partners and employers on solutions as part of an integrated labor market service approach with a focus on matching the range of competencies to the demand from employers. ”

Councilor Phil Cusack, Executive Support Member for Skills, Work and Business at Salford City Council, commented, “Funds are being provided to bring in external investment and will initially focus on the development of a new single ‘front door’ for Salford residents to gain visibility and access to employment and skills services in the city as well as expanding existing core. Information, Counseling and Guidance Services (IAG) in Salford and the creation of new business and employment routes for city residents.

We will challenge barriers that prevent residents from accessing and making progress in work or education, and we will deliver a small grant program that the community and NGOs will be able to bid on to develop, deliver and test innovative approaches to solving local employment and skills problems and gaps. across Salford.

We will also focus on employers signing up to the city’s mayor’s charter, offering jobs and work experience to local people, opening up their recruitment practices, offering pre-recruitment and guaranteed interviews, skills development and increasing local supply chains. ”

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