‘Ready for work' jobs programme hailed success

Torbay Weekly

Given the success in Torbay over the past two years, the Torbay Development Agency ‘Ready for Work’ programme has been extended for a further 12 months.

Following a review, some changes have been made to the scope and delivery of the programme to ensure it meets the needs of employers, the labour market, and residents.

Ready for Work is a comprehensive programme consisting of coaching sessions, work placements and in-work support, all delivered to help unemployed people become work ready and secure employment.

Since the programme launched in September 2019, it has supported up to 100 clients, resulting in 65% of those finding employment. The programme continued throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic by adapting how it was delivered, ensuring it was able to meet the needs of the clients.

Councillor Swithin Long, Torbay Council Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “It’s great that Ready for Work has already resulted in many residents finding employment and because of the success to date, it’s really positive that TDA are extending the programme. This promises to support many more people into sustainable employment”.

The programme will continue to be delivered across Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, working with both the Department for Work and Pensions and organisations across our communities to ensure residents are able to access the support. Delivery of the programme will be intensified across Torquay, specifically to compliment activity within the Torquay Town Investment Plan and through Torquay’s Town Deal.

Ed Atter, Chief Executive of Motiv-8, said: “Motiv-8 are delighted to be given the opportunity to extend the Ready for Work programme. Over the last two years, our team of experienced coaches have supported people across Torbay to move forward and we are proud of our success to date.

The aim of the extended programme is to see a further 64 people into employment and support others through education, volunteering and training.

To find out more about the Ready for Work programme visit https://www.motiv-8sw.com/sectors/employability-programmes or contact Motiv-8 on 01392 873939 or info@motiv-8sw.co.uk

The Ready for Work programme is fully funded by Torbay Council and in conjunction with TDA and Motiv-8.

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