Free intensive skills help for 2,000 people who have been made redundant, plus a hotline to job vacancies, is available across the Sheffield City Region from today.
A £2million programme, available until March 2018 and dubbed ‘Open Doors’, provides training and skills and links jobseekers to employers with live, long-term vacancies. The service will include mentoring and any re-skilling, training, or up-skilling needed for the vacancies.
The programme has been commissioned by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) through the Skills Funding Agency. The SCR was established six years ago to boost jobs and business growth across the nine local authority areas it covers, and Open Doors is part of its drive to do this.
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is a programme which will help people in a very intensive way at a time when they need expert support. It is something that the Sheffield City Region has seen a need for in line with its ongoing determination to do things that help the people of the city region.”
Open Doors has been launched specifically to help jobseekers find longer-term, sustainable work and boost economic growth; it will also help employers who have a specific skills gap.
Interserve Learning & Employment, joint third largest training provider in the UK, is administering Open Doors on behalf of Sheffield City Region. Operations Manager at Interserve Sarah Loveday-Powell said: “Our team of advisers are experienced at providing career advice and training and they’re passionate about developing people to reach their full potential.”
If you would like help finding a job or would like to advertise a job opportunity to local residents, call the team on 0333 444 2770 or email SY.Doors@interserve.com