Bridport Job Seekers Helped Back Into Work
7:29am 10th September 2014
A Bridport project helping jobless adults get back to work has been given a financial boost.
Magna Housing Association has awarded a grant of £1,000 to Skills Training Bridport. It’s a volunteer-run social enterprise which offers training sessions and vocational courses on subjects such as IT, health and safety and first aid to unemployed workers, to help them get qualifications, and back into employment.
Ros Kayes, one of the group's directors, says Magna's backing has made a big difference;
“The grant has paid for software licenses and broadband connection which means we can offer IT training, as well as certification for our graduates so that they can come out with a qualification in first aid work or food hygiene.”
“These qualifications really raise their chance of getting a job."
Skills Training Bridport have already helped around 30 people find their way back into employment in the last nine months, and Ros is hopeful that the grant from Magna allow help the enterprise to help many more in the coming months.
"All of our graduates have either found work or set up their own businesses in areas as diverse as gardening, factory work, retail and warehouse work and setting up a market stall,” Ros says.
“Having the mentoring, as well as a great premises from which to work, has really added value to what we offer."
Magna’s community investment officer Ken Bodycombe said the residents’ forum, which runs the community initiative fund, was keen to support the project.
He said: “The objective of Skills Training Bridport is to advance, support and deliver education and work-related training for the benefit of the Bridport community, which would include many of Magna’s residents.
“This is exactly the kind of thing our community initiative fund is there for.”
The Fresh Start project has recently taken over the Bridport Job Club which is held at the library, where learners are enrolled by project co-ordinator Mark Andrews. They then go to West Rivers House for one-to-one mentoring by volunteer mentors from the community.
The computer suite and the training room at West Rivers House are available for community hire via Skills Training Bridport at a reduced rate, as well as for businesses and training providers on a regular or one-off basis.