A GROUP of long-term unemployed people in Hull have secured jobs through the Green Port Hull Pathway to Employment programme, which has been created to give people the opportunity to access jobs in the manufacturing and emerging renewables sector.
The programme, which provides nine weeks of training and work experience, was introduced last year, with the first group of 20 candidates starting in January.
Since their training and placements came to an end in March, ten of the trainees have been offered jobs with some of East Yorkshire’s biggest manufacturers, including Atlas Leisure Homes, Willerby Holiday Homes, Continental Leisure Vehicles and glass supplier and processor Kwik Tuf.
The innovative Pathway to Employment programme is being delivered by Hull City Council, Unity Training and JobCentre Plus, helping people to develop their skills and assist people back into work.
The leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said: “The Green Port Hull Pathway to Employment programme is a brilliant initiative, which has proved that it can deliver genuine results for people to find long-term, viable employment following a bespoke ten-week training scheme.
“By working closely with JobCentre Plus and East Riding Council, the Green Port Hub has been instrumental in helping to deliver these results, and it is encouraging to see that nine candidates are already in full-time employment.”
Gill Dillon, senior operations employer and partnership manager at Hull JobCentre Plus, said: “The Pathway to Employment programme aims to support local people in accessing the skills and training that they will need to apply for the jobs Green Port Hull will generate.
“We are delighted that it’s proving successful and that a high number of candidates are landing themselves full-time positions within the manufacturing sector.”
Michael King, 56, of west Hull, was unemployed for more than four years before enrolling on the programme.
He was offered a job as an operative with Atlas Leisure Homes at the end of his placement there.
He said: “It’s so pleasing to be back into work. I feel as though I have some self-respect back and I’m enjoying my new role. I’m learning new things every day and building on my existing skills.”
David Ralph, human resources manager at Atlas Leisure Homes, said: “When Unity Training contacted us, we were keen to get involved.
“Our ethos here at Atlas is to provide long-term, sustainable employment for people in East Yorkshire, with training and development high on the agenda.”
James Hartwell, training manager at Unity Training, said: “The participants gain qualifications that boost their CVs and the work placements are great for getting them back into the routine of a working day.