Staff are being recruited so a new scheme, supported by the European Social Fund, can get under way and offer long-term unemployed people a route back into work.
The Open Road Extra scheme will initially run until next June 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.
He said: “The work we do here can benefit older people as well as those of school age, so we’re delighted to have this funding to enable us to help those unemployed people who need it most.
Participants will receive help with a range of key skills, such as CV writing and interview technique, plus training towards a qualification in motor maintenance.
The charity is currently recruiting a part-time administrator and an experienced coach/advocate to help run the scheme.
And an open evening will take place at its headquarters on the Hardwick industrial estate next Wednesday, November 26, from 6.30pm, to give people the chance to see the facilities and meet the staff, students, volunteers and trustees. Borough mayor Barry Ayres is also expected to attend.
To learn more about joining the programme, apply or volunteer, visit www.openroadtraining.co.uk.