We are delighted to announce that REPC Limited has been selected as one of the delivery partners for the Bridges, Black Country project. The Bridges project is part of Building Better Opportunities – a new multi-million pound funding programme which matches money from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.
The main objective of the funding is to help adults who are unemployed or economically inactive into work.
In the Black Country the fund will deliver aspects of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy and has been split into four ‘project outlines’. REPC Limited will be working with lead partner, Steps to Work, to deliver Project Outline 1:4 Employment Support for over 24s. Within the Black Country, the over 24s make up the largest group of unemployed and workless residents in the LEP area. The focus of the project is to offer individualised, intensive assistance to this client group, working with those experiencing additional needs to help them address the barriers preventing them moving towards and into employment. These barriers will include – but are not limited to:
• People from BAME communities;
• People with disabilities
• People with long term health problems;
• Over 50s;
• The long-term unemployed;
• People experiencing poverty;
• People with poor literacy and numeracy;
• People affected by substance misuse
From September 2016, REPC Limited will be working with programme participants to offer a range of work-based IT training as well as personal development mentoring and support to move into employment, job search or further education. The project will run until December 2019 and REPC will work with at least 100 participants during this period.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Bridges Black Country project, or you would like to be a participant on the programme, please give us a call on 0121 557 6439 – or email [email protected]