Kingswood’s Labour councillors are welcoming initiatives aimed at helping local people into work. These initiatives are being delivered with professional support which Labour councillors successfully secured.
At the beginning of 2014, Labour proposed the employment of an economic development officer for Kingswood as part of South Gloucestershire Council’s budget negotiations. The resulting two-year post is now working proactively to help local people get into work.
The Council’s service provides a range of skills and opportunities to equip local people for working life. The support includes one-to-one mentoring to secure a job, CV writing assistance and guidance on completing application forms, as well as job search and interview techniques.
In addition to these direct job-finding skills, residents can also be helped to improve their literacy, numeracy and computer skills and to find work experience, apprenticeships, volunteering and training opportunities.
The leader of Labour’s councillors in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Pat Rooney, says:
“At the beginning of 2014 we actively promoted the employment of an economic development worker to help us achieve improved employment for Kingswood people.
Parts of Kingswood have unemployment levels that are above the national average so this was an issue that the Council needed to address. Just two months later Kingswood came top of the national league table for the proportion of jobs that pay below the living wage rate.
It is right that the Council should give priority to those neighbourhoods to improve the job prospects for their residents, and we look forward to positive outcomes for many local residents.
Anybody interested should contact Bernice Britton on 01454 865832.”