The Ashiana Community Project has received over £700,000 from the European Social Fund (ESF) Positive Futures programme to support economic growth in disadvantaged communities through sustainable employment.
The areas in Greater Birmingham on which the project focuses have high levels of unemployment compared with regional and national statistics, so Positive Futures aims to give residents the opportunities to get themselves into work. By offering employability skills such as ICT and numeracy, the project engages local people and encourages them to take up training opportunities and progress into employment.
The programme is seeing success in the number of clients who transition from being economically inactive to taking volunteer placements and then going on to secure paid employment. The clients range from those just out of education to single parents and those who have recently relocated in the area.
Marianne Salmon, CEO of Ashiana Community Project, commented:
European Social Fund
The project receiving up to £710,027.00 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information click here.
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