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Craven College launch Employability Projects in Keighley

Published 28 October
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Craven College working in Partnership with Keighley Town Council and Highfield Community Association has been successful in winning two Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) projects. Keighley Works and Keighley Neighbourhood Hubs are projects working with individuals aged 19+ in the CLLD areas* not currently in work, helping them to overcome barriers and move closer towards employment and training.

The two CLLD projects are receiving up to £287,500 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 with match funding from Bradford Council, Craven College and Keighley Town Council.

Experienced Keyworkers will work on a one to one basis with individuals (“Participants”) and together they will agree on a tailor-made Personal Development Plan. They will look at how they can build up a Participant’s confidence and resilience, and develop their skills and experience to help them to improve their prospects of gaining employment. The goal is to help them move closer to employment, education or training. Some of the services the projects can offer include: Putting a CV together and helping to search for jobs; 1:1 and small group English and Maths; support in managing finances and budgeting; support for childcare and travel to access learning and interviews; helping to gain more skills and training so that the Participant can move closer to employment; helping to find suitable volunteering and mentoring opportunities; helping to enrol on training courses; hand-holding individuals to move into work.

Pippa Syers, Craven College, Community & Projects Manager said:
“Craven College has been delivering courses within the Keighley community for over 12 years. This project enables us to work with individuals who may not have the confidence to join courses and will provide nurture and resources to break down barriers to move them towards training and work. We are excited about the partnership with Keighley Town Council who are already embedded within the community.” 

Keighley Neighbourhood Hubs is a smaller project that aims to support and enhance the work of existing Community Centres within the CLLD area* aiming to increase usage by creating a hub that is utilised and accessible to all within their local community.

Anyone can refer themselves or a friend or family member to Keighley Works, to find out more about Keighley Works or Keighley Neighbourhood Hubs, or to make a referral please email or call/text 07921 372 805.

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*To find out if you live in a CLLD area have a look at the website

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