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Work academies ‘timely boost for jobless’

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Social housing and support specialists at Bromford have welcomed the national launch of work academies that will provide training,work experience and job interviews for thousands of people.

The launch, which comes at a time when youth unemployment nears the one million mark, is described as "a timely boost for the life chances of unemployed people living in social and supported housing".

A leading provider of affordable housing and support in central England, Bromford has already made great strides with its own programme of work and training opportunities - and set itself a target of creating up to 2,000 employment opportunities by 2016.

Bromford Support economic inclusion manager James Walsh said the new government-led work academies were a welcome response to a growing unemployment problem - with young people among the worst affected.

He said: "At Bromford, we are passionate about linking opportunities like this new government initiative to young people living in social and supported housing to ensure that those who are marginalised and vulnerable get the best chances in life.

"We believe very much in the potential of our customers and their children. Work academies can provide a vital route that allows young people to access the very latest advice training and guidance they need to develop employment and support skills.

"We're committed to providing 2,000 employment opportunities by 2016 through a combination of work clubs, single work programme, private sector jobs and our own web-based employment and skills academy.
"We hope that work academies will complement our efforts in achieving our strategic target. It's a timely boost for the life chances of unemployed people living in social and supported housing"

Employment and training successes for Bromford include the successful delivery of a six-month Future Jobs Fund programme that saw a dozen young people gain useful paid work experience and half of them go on to Bromford apprenticeships.

Encouraged by the success of FJF, Bromford has developed its our own work placement programme for customers as a way of bringing more "fresh blood" into housing.

The government's new sector-based academies promise to provide a combination of training, work experience and a guaranteed job interview for to up to 50,000 people over the next two years, with many of the opportunities going to young people.

Official figures published last week show that unemployment among the under-25s hit a record 991,000 - up from the previous quarter -while the out-of-work total rose to 2.57 million in the three months to August.