People, Places, Business

Workways Helps 1403 people in

Workways helps 1403 people in three years

New figures show that the Neath Port Talbot team of the South West Workways project has helped 1403 people into work since April 2009.

This equates to over 50% of participants who have left the project. In the month of November 2012 alone, 77 people in Neath Port Talbot found employment with the support of Workways.

South West Workways provides economically inactive and unemployed people with support to overcome the obstacles which prevent them from finding employment. Participants are helped with job applications, CVs, interview technique and access to training. The project is backed with £12.6 million from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

The Workways team also work closely with local businesses, helping them with their recruitment.

Since 2009, Workways has had contact with 2035 businesses in Neath Port Talbot. Acting on behalf of companies, Workways advertises vacancies to its pool of job ready participants, shortlists suitable candidates, organises recruitment days and explores business support avenues.

One area of recruitment support which Workways provides is Temporary Job Opportunities. Participants are matched with a company, helping them gain the vital experience needed to find long term employment.

This element of the project is particularly successful as over 77% of participants who undertake a temporary job move into permanent employment at the end of their contract.

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: "Workways in Neath Port Talbot continues to go from strength to strength.  New figures show 1,403 people have gone into work since April 2009.  These new figures are evidence of the impact that Workways is having in tackling unemployment in Neath Port Talbot.  Many congratulations to all concerned."