£2.4m fund to get people back to work in West Norfolk

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Disadvantaged and excluded people across West Norfolk will be helped back into the workplace thanks to a new £2.4 million fund.

Learners facing barriers in mainstream further education are being given a chance to thrive after the European Social Fund made the sum available for community grants in the East of England.

Small voluntary and community organisations are now being invited to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to manage projects for learners.

The programme will support a range of activities, such as help with basic skills, taster work experience, training advice and job search assistance.

Other projects could include confidence building and personal development, providing support to individuals to overcome barriers to learning and employment.

Lynn-based workforce development company, TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd), has been re-awarded the contract to be the ESF community grant co-ordinating body for the East of England, and will be delivering the grants until July 2015.

In addition, £300,000 has been made available to help organisations take on new staff and improve the skills of their existing teams.

TCHC chief executive Dale Morgan said: “The programme has proven to have a real impact on communities that have previously not been engaged by mainstream provision, improving the chances of employment for the hardest-to-reach individuals.”

For more information and to apply, visit: ww.tchc.net/services/community-grants