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Minister to visit employment learning success story

Warwickshire County Council’s Sustained Employment through Learning (SEtL) project is to receive a visit from James Plaskitt DWP Minister with responsibility for the European Social Fund (ESF).

The minister will witness some of the work the project is doing to help hundreds of people in the county to get off benefits and into work.

The SEtL project, based in Leamington Spa with branches around the county, began its operation in September 2006 with funding from the Learning Skills Council’s European Social Fund programme. 

James Plaskitt will be visiting the SEtL to mark Europe Day on 9th May and the roll out of new ESF projects and funding across the county, including SEtL.  He will see first hand how ESF funding has been used and how it has benefited the people of Leamington Spa.

SEtL has helped over 700 unemployed people across the county.  To date, learners have embarked upon nearly 1000 accredited courses and 500 non-accredited courses with an achievement rate currently running at around the 70% mark.

The programme is targeted at people who have been unemployed for at least 12 months and can offer places to those facing redundancy.

The range of vocational areas covered by the SEtL project include training to prepare candidates for jobs in difficult to fill sectors such as business administration, ICT, hospitality, retail and construction.

As well as training, full support is given to finding employment with delegates given help from looking for jobs through to interview technique and practice.

The SEtL project was commended for offering very effective support to learners as well as for is comprehensive work experience in its 2007 OfSTED report.  The SEtL project is due to complete at the end of May but the team is set to receive further European Social Fund money from May 2008 to March 2010 to support new initiatives to go under the umbrella title of Skills for Jobs, which will target those who have been out of work for over 12 months.

James Plaskitt said:  “I am looking forward to seeing first hand how the people involved have benefited from SEtL’s work.  European Social Fund projects offer support and help where it is most needed and can help change people’s lives by helping them into work.”

Cllr Chris Saint, portfolio holder for economic development with Warwickshire County Council, said:  “We have been delighted with the contribution of the Learning Skills Council in enabling us to establish the SEtL.  The work of the project has been outstanding in ensuring that members of the community have every opportunity to contribute to the growth of the local economy, avoiding the risk of becoming excluded.”

If you have been unemployed for 12 months or more and would like more information about the SEtL project, please call 01926 338190 (for South of County)
024 76 641664 (for North of County).