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Employability team helps support over 200 people into work

The employability team at Bridgend County Borough Council has helped over 200 people into work since April, becoming one of the top performing teams in Wales for short-term unemployed support in the process.

The team oversee a number of projects in the county borough, helping both employed and unemployed residents who need support in either getting a job or getting a better job.

Over the last few months, they have supported 210 people into work, helping them overcome barriers which would have stopped them from progressing into employment.

Jobs include those in the care sector, cleaning and as delivery drivers.

To have helped more than 200 people into work during these unprecedented times is phenomenal and is testament to the hard work of the team and the participants who have been willing to work in some of the most needed areas.

It represents another example of council staff doing all they can to help support individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy to find a way through in the current climate.

Cabinet member for wellbeing and future generations Dhanisha Patel

From April to the end of October, a total of 691 people signed up with the employability team.

Support can include providing help filling out application forms or job searching, free training and qualifications such as the control of substances hazardous to health for cleaners or an HGV licence.

The training can also include increasing ‘soft’ skills such as confidence and interview techniques, or vocational qualifications.

In addition, the team may be able to provide financial support for work-related costs, such as transport to work until you are paid or clothing, for example work shoes.

The team is funded through the Welsh Government and European Social Fund.

Visit the council website for more details on the employability team's work or email  or call 01656 815317.

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