A contract worth nearly £210,000 has been awarded to Coventry-based PET-Xi Training from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to hold job advice sessions and provide specialist support in Camp Hill, Nuneaton.
The Employment Support Pilot scheme will also help low-paid workers achieve the skills needed to gain more highly-qualified, better-paid jobs.
Eight PET-Xi Training staff will run the project at the Camp Hill Education, Sports & Social (CHESS) Centre in Cedar Road, Nuneaton, its new facility in Abbey Street in Nuneaton town centre which is due to open this summer and its mobile engagement vans which will travel throughout the borough.
Camp Hill is one of nine areas chosen in the region as part of the Employment Support Pilot scheme which will run for three years.
Fleur Sexton, Managing Director of the award-winning PET-Xi Training, based in Westwood Business Park in Coventry, said this pilot programme would reduce the barriers to employment for people of all backgrounds to improve their job prospects as well as help lower-paid people improve their skills.
She said: “We have vast experience in working with hard-to-reach communities and we will be working with those aged between 16 plus in Nuneaton who want to re-train to apply for better-paid jobs and those who have not been employed for a long time.
“This scheme will be providing specialist tailored advice to each individual and regular support sessions and we will be encouraging everyone who takes part to spread the word among their friends, neighbours and relatives about the advice available.
“We will also be making people aware of local job opportunities as well as the training and support available with completing job applications and giving advice on interviews.
“Most of our sessions will take place at the CHESS Centre to make it easier for people to attend since that removes any barriers with travelling or childcare.
“But for those who wish to meet us away from their community, we are opening a new Skills centre in Abbey Street in Nuneaton town centre and we will also be driving our mobile vans around Nuneaton to community areas to promote the programme.”
Fleur said she was keen to support West Midlands Mayor Andy Street as part of his vision to improve skills throughout the region.
She added: “The West Midlands Combined Authority was set-up to devolve powers back to the region and make a real difference to peoples’ lives by helping them to improve their future.
“This is exactly the kind of project which will help to achieve that by using social networks within communities to make people aware of the project and how we can help.
“We are looking forward to further building relationships in Nuneaton and Bedworth as well as with the West Midlands Combined Authority throughout the duration of this programme.”