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Cabinet considers next steps of successful employment scheme

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet met last week to consider the next steps of the successful employment scheme which has supported over 4,600 residents.

Since 2014, Employability Bridgend has supported people into employment or helped them progress to more sustainable or better paid employment as part of a scheme covering the Cardiff Capital Region which has supported over 50,000 residents.

Employability Bridgend has contributed to this figure by supporting 4,661 participants, with 1,589 of these entering employment and 1,609 receiving training to further their employment journey.

This figure includes 410 young people not in employment, education or training from the most vulnerable communities in Bridgend county borough, with 162 of these finding employment to date. People experiencing in-work poverty have also been supported locally with 249 residents helped to find a better position in the labour market.

Inspire 2 Work have also worked alongside Employability Bridgend to also support 876 young people who were classified by Careers Wales and Job Centre Plus as their ‘hardest to reach’. As a result, 427 young people have successfully progressed into employment or education.

The programmes run by Employability Bridgend and Inspire 2 Work have been key to the success of the scheme which has helped many people find meaningful employment, both those new to the workforce and those who are looking to progress further in their work via extra training.

I would urge anyone who is not in employment, is at risk of losing employment or feels they are not in suitable employment to get in touch. We can help and will help.

The local authority also offers one-to-one coaches to help residents. If you feel like there is a particular barrier such as a lack of confidence, lack of qualifications or a hidden disability, you can speak to your job coach to see what steps you can take to overcome these barriers

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations

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