Pioneering jobs programme helps more than 50 residents back to work
By poppy_smith | Saturday, September 22, 2012, 12:52
A pioneering jobs programme has helped more than 50 Haringey residents into work.
Jobs for Haringey was launched by the council in May to tackle the unemployment crisis head on.
Under the scheme, residents who are not working or in full-time education can get practical advice and one-to-one support from employment advisers to help find and apply for jobs.
Jobs for Haringey also boasts a Jobs Fund, which directly supports the cost of recruitment to make it easier for companies to create new positions that would otherwise not have been possible.
So far, 51 local residents have found jobs as a direct result of backing from Jobs for Haringey or through positions created with help from the Haringey Jobs Fund.
The council hopes to support at least 600 people into work up to March 2015 and the early success of Jobs for Haringey puts the scheme ahead of target.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Social Inclusion, said:
"I'm really pleased with the progress made so far by the Jobs for Haringey programme. These are real, lasting employment opportunities for people who have been battling for many months to find work.
"The impact of helping these residents to find work can't be underestimated – it means a greater security for their families and a boost for Haringey's economy.
"Unemployment levels in the borough are unacceptable. That's why we're investing in projects like this and doing all we can to help local people to find jobs and prepare for the world of work. While we can't control the national economy, we can take pro-active steps to give our residents the best chance of getting work in difficult times."
The Jobs for Haringey programme aims to create at least 200 new jobs in the borough and to help at least 600 people into work.
It also includes measures to support school students to make it easier for them to get hands-on work experience and job hunting advice.
The council is investing more than £2.5million in the scheme, along with additional funding from the GLA.
Jobs are prioritised, but not restricted, to young people aged 16-24, who are facing particular challenges finding work.
Information is available on our Jobs for Haringey page or by calling the Haringey Employment and Skills Team on 020 8489 2852 or dropping in to their offices at the Neighbourhood Resource Centre, 177 Park Lane, Tottenham.