27
Oct
  • Lucy Markillie
Support available to help Liverpool City Region's jobseekers into work

With the Liverpool City Region currently in Tier 3 social distancing measures and the UK unemployment rate at its highest level in three years, Growth Company Employment is offering a fully funded package of support to help jobseekers across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Halton, get back on their feet.

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Liverpool City Region’s job market and prospects for jobseekers may seem bleak. Growth Company Employment, which is part of the not-for-profit Growth Company, has a number of initiatives available for people who are facing redundancy, find themselves out of work or who are currently unemployed.

Support available includes:

Positive Directions – working with unemployed people across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Halton, delivering one-to-one support that gives them the skills they need to get into work.

National Careers Service – offering free, impartial advice and guidance to help individuals make career decisions, achieve their goals and to develop the skills they need to find a job.

A range of fully funded online training courses to help enhance skills, improve job opportunities and increase confidence. We’re here to help people who want to progress in their current role, have been impacted by redundancy, or who are looking for a career. These courses are supported by the Adult Education Budget.

Intensive Personalised Employment Support - providing highly personalised support into employment for disabled people, as well as people with complex barriers, focusing on their strengths, skills and abilities.

More than 1,900 jobseekers have accessed the Positive Directions service to date, with 500 jobseekers securing work as a result of the scheme.

After feeling angry and let down after losing her job earlier this year, 63-year-old Yvonne, from Garston in South Liverpool, sought out help with finding work Positive Directions.

Yvonne said: “My Positive Directions mentor Andy has been very supportive, helpful and always within reach at the other end of line, whether by phone, text or emails, even during lockdown. He encouraged me to do an online course for Level 2 in Food Hygiene, which I took, and passed. I am now working in Asda on nights, my depression is gone, and Andy is still in contact and looking after me for a few months.

“I would highly recommend Positive Directions and the Growth Company to anyone who is need of work, they are brilliant and do everything in their power to find you work and help you with interviews. They all just look after you and nothing is a problem to them, they keep to their word.”

Ian Lewis, Service Manager at the Growth Company, said: “Our clear message to jobseekers across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Halton is that yes the job market is tough, but we are here and we can help you get back into work.

“Whether you are looking for one-to-one support and mentoring to find the right job, free advice to make career decisions or are looking for fully-funded training courses to upskill and improve your job prospects, the Growth Company can help you today.”

The Growth Company is an award-winning, not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives. We provide individuals and businesses with a wide range of services that improve employment, skills, investment and enterprise for the benefit of all.

Find out more about the range of support available to jobseekers in the Liverpool City Region by clicking here.