Funding for King’s Lynn-based course to help long-term unemployed

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Staff are being recruited so that a new scheme supported by the European Social Fund can get under way which will offer long-term unemployed people a route back into work.

The Open Road Extra scheme will initially run from November until the end of June next year, and will offer motor maintenance qualifications alongside personal skills to enable participants to move closer to employment or training.

Open Road has recently celebrated five years of helping vulnerable 14 to 18-year-olds into a career in the motor industry, and trustee Terry Smith said the Extra scheme was a natural extension to the charity’s work.

“The work we do here can benefit older people as well as those of school age, so we’re delighted to have this ESF Community Grants Project funding to enable us to help those unemployed people who need it most,” he added.

“Our aim is to provide people with the practical help they need to get into work, as well as boosting self esteem and empowering them to make positive choices for their future.”

Participants will receive help with a range of key skills, including job searches and identifying appropriate opportunities, compiling a CV, interview techniques, help with literacy and confidence building - in addition to training in the charity’s modern workshop leading to a qualification in motor maintenance.

The charity is recruiting to fill two part-time posts to help run the scheme - an administrator working 15 hours a week, and an experienced coach/advocate who can deliver flexible training and support for small groups for 250 hours over the course of the scheme.

The Open Road West Norfolk charity is holding an open evening on November 26, attended by West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres, to give people the chance to see the facilities and meet the staff, students, volunteers and trustees. Doors open at 6.30pm and guests are asked to contact Open Road if they plan to attend.

To learn more about joining the Open Road Extra programme, apply for one of the vacancies, or volunteer to help out at the charity, see www.openroadtraining.co.uk.