Pathway to work scheme approved for Ashfield

Coun Steve Carroll has presented to cabinet a new work scheme initiative titled Pathway to Work.
Coun Steve Carroll has presented to cabinet a new work scheme initiative titled Pathway to Work.

YOUNG people from around Ashfield are set to be given help to secure a job after councillors approved a new employment scheme.

Last week, Chad reported that Ashfield District Council was planning to roll out its Pathway to Work scheme, which aims to increase the number of job opportunities for young people in the district.

The plans were approved by members of the council’s cabinet at a meeting on Thursday.

As part of the package, 10 apprentice training places will be made available at the council.

Each young person will be able to spend up to a year with the authority and can gain a Level 2 vocational qualification.

Council chiefs hope that the scheme will help the 1,000 young people in Ashfield aged between 18 and 24-years-old who are claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance.

At Thursday’s meeting, Coun Steve Carroll said: “We need to provide as many opportunities as we can so they can get full-time employment.”

Council leader John Knight added: “We can’t change the national statistic and we know we have got one of the worst unemployment rates in the UK. We’re not going to change that overnight but the message we’re sending out as an authority is that we care about youth unemployment.”

Apprentices will be recruited through West Notts College’s Job Shop, which helps young people compile a CV and brush up on their interview skills. A similar scheme has already been run by Mansfield District Council and West Notts.

Sandra Cowley, head of employer engagement at West Notts College, said: “We’re excited about joining forces with the district council to provide pre-employment activities and apprenticeship opportunities for young people. This will be a really positive way of supporting young people and giving them opportunities to succeed in today’s challenging job market.”