Thousands of Coventry residents are set to benefit from £7.6m of European Social Funding to support them into work, education or training.
Three schemes will run in Coventry between now and December 2019 and each one will support targeted groups of people in the city.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said, “Our Employment Team has done a great job in securing more funding to help the people that need additional support into jobs in the city. And we have a great track record of winning European money so we can work with some of the hardest to reach groups in the city.
“My team and I have secured £16 million for spend between 2015 and 2019, which means over 5,000 local people a year will be supported into a job or training.
"The latest grant win means that we can guarantee that The Employment Support Service, which supports people with learning disabilities into work, will be secure until at least the end of 2019.
“We know that there are people in Coventry that have the skills and ambition, that just need a bit of nurturing – and this funding will allow us to work with a number of partners to deliver really targeted help and support to people to let them take the next steps into jobs that work for them.”
The Council’s Employment Support Service will also be enabled to continue helping some of the city’s most vulnerable people into employment up to December 2019 as part of the ConnectMe programme, which has been awarded £2.5m. The programme will be made up of nine partner organisations and support at least 909 unemployed residents.
Routes to Ambition has been awarded £2.5m, and will work with young people aged 15-24 that are either disengaged, at risk of exclusion or facing major barriers to employment due to factors such as their health and disability.
Exceed in Coventry, a consortium of five partner organisations, will help long term unemployed and inactive people, including those who are not in receipt of benefits, to gain sustainable employment. The scheme is set to help at least 1300 people in the city. A range of packages of personalised support focusing on specific interventions will be delivered.
Since 2012, Coventry has received over £57m in European grants for a huge range of projects including the new Broadgate Square, FarGo Village and the extension of Coventry Transport Museum, as well as projects providing support to businesses and helping people to get into work. These projects have helped to create thousands of new jobs in the city, and supported hundreds of businesses.
For more information about the new employment schemes, visit: www.coventry.gov.uk/jobshop or email Odette.firstname.lastname@example.org