Helping unemployed over 25s in Leeds to get ‘job-ready’

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Unemployed over-25s in Leeds are being helped get back into work thanks to a new, multi-milion pound job scheme.

The Skills Training Employment Pathways (STEP) project offers a range of support and training opportunities.

The project is funded by a £4.9m European Social Fund grant, handed to city councils in both Leeds and Bradford to help reduce unemployment.

Leeds City Council aims to help around 1,500 of the city’s long-term unemployed to move into and retain work.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, skills and opportunity, said: “We were delighted that the joint bid with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council was approved.

“The council, and its partners, has worked quickly to commence delivery of our innovative STEP project which is already benefiting local people.

“Working with locally-based partners, we have developed a range of support and skills activities that suit a wide range 
of needs to enhance the prospects of people who are unemployed, especially long-term, to access meaningful job opportunities.

“I would urge anyone aged over 25 and out of work to find out more about the wide range of support that is available through STEP to help them get back into meaningful employment.”

Anyone wishing to apply to take part in the project must be over 25 and been out of work for at least 12 months.

A key element of STEP will be to open up opportunities for those with health barriers, with specific support also provided to those aged over 50.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to be referred or self-refer onto the project, call 0113 3784576 or email STEP@leeds.gov.uk.

Joanne Mjadzelics

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