Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment
This is a unique initiative to invest more than £750k
over 2 years to help people from Penwith, Kerrier and Carrick
towards training and work.
Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment (NPE), has been set up
Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) and builds on the success
of its forerunner, Penwith Pathways. The project is part of
the Jobcentre Plus Objective One ESF co-financing programme.
With a budget of well over £0.75 million for the next
two years, it's Jobcentre Plus's largest co-financed project.
NPE brings together employment advice and community development
in some of West Cornwall's most disadvantaged areas. The programme
is voluntary, and participants work at their own pace towards
building their self-esteem, training, volunteering, and ultimately
Project manager, Pam Sekula, explained: "We come out
into the community to meet our clients, and help them take
those first vital steps towards work. Everyone's needs are
different, and everyone makes their own choices. We can help
you to overcome personal or practical barriers along your
individual pathway to training or employment. Individual support
is provided throughout the programme and can be on going once
starting work. We offer practical assistance such as grants
for suitable clothes for work, and bridging funding for the
period between coming off benefits and getting your first
"Our community development team work with residents to set
up local activities. Small scale training and voluntary projects
can be an essential gateway to employment. We build relationships
with local people in order to meet their needs."
Michelle Maslen, district manager of Jobcentre Plus said:
"I'm delighted that, as a direct result of this project,
over 900 people living in Penwith and Kerrier will have access
to additional individual help and support to enable them to
return to work."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
added: "Objective One is investing millions of pounds
across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to enable people to
access new opportunities through training and education. Our
investment in a range of schemes through Jobcentre Plus means
the money will be targeted where it is needed most."
From August 2003, Neighbourhood Pathways will have advisers
and community development workers in the following areas:
||Carrick Tregolls and Perranporth
||Kerrier Camborne North, South and West; Illogan North
and South; Redruth North and South; St Day; Lanner and Carharrack
||Penwith St Just and Pendeen; Penzance Central, North,
East, South and West; and St Ives North and South
Anyone wanting to know more can call free on 0800 328 4065.
CN4C is a tenant-led community development organisation addressing
the needs and desires of social housing communities through
partnership and participation. As part of the wider CN4C network,
NPE works closely with other CN4C community development and
Barbara Smith, PR Adviser 01736 786421 / 07801 947897
Pam Sekula, Programme Manager, NPE 07971 183021
Tarn Lamb, Community Operations Director, CN4C 01209
What is Jobcentre Plus?
Jobcentre Plus was created in April 2002 when it replaced
the Employment Service and the Benefits Agency. Jobcentre
Plus has been set up to help more people into work, employers
to fill their vacancies, and give people of working age the
help and support they need if they cannot work.
What is co-financing?
Jobcentre Plus has been approved as an ESF co-financing organisation
for Objective One Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly investment.
Co-financing means channelling both ESF money and the necessary
match funding to organisations in a single stream. We consulted
at all levels of our co-financing plan and 3 main themes emerged
from which tender specifications were drawn up. These were
||Enhance the employability of people and groups who
are disadvantaged in the labour market
||Promote social inclusion and target support for deprived
and rural communities
||Provide tailored recruitment and retention support
For further information please contact Jacki Williams on
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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