More than £790,000 in grant funding has been secured towards two important projects to provide employment and skills support to unemployed and economically inactive people according to a report to be presented to Cabinet members next week.
Cabinet members will be asked to formally accept the European Social Fund (ESF) grant funding for Sector Routeways and Tenants First, and to enter agreements with project partners Sheffield City Council for the Sector Pathways project, and Berneslai Homes in respect of Tenants First, in order for the two projects to progress.
Sector Routeways is a regional project led by Sheffield City Council and the work in Barnsley will total £742,408, including the award of £443,875 from the ESF. It targets those with barriers keeping them from the labour market and aims to develop pathways back to work in key economic sectors through a package of information, advice and guidance, skills and employment brokerage supported through employer engagement.
Tenants First targets social housing tenants, who often have an increased risk of unemployment, and the project is led by Berneslai Homes. The total project value for Barnsley Council’s role is £576,188 including ESF grant of £349,131.
Tenants First is aimed at people with more substantial and complex barriers to employment than those on the Sector Routeways project. It is building on the current successful collaboration between Berneslai Homes and the Pathways to Success project.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Both of these important projects will help us achieve one of our main priorities as a council which is to increase skills to get more people working.
“Many people in our communities are longing to get into work or progress into higher-paid roles but face a variety of obstacles. These projects will help give local people the skills and tools they need to negotiate and clear those obstacles so they can build a brighter future for themselves.
“The two projects are mutually supportive, and will help a broad variety of local people who may be in quite differing situations, from those who have been out of work for many years, to people in work who need to update their skills to adapt to new opportunities.”