THE EMPLOYMENT sector in Warwickshire is set to receive a £2.7million boost.
Warwickshire County Council was successful in its bid to the Government’s Community Renewal Fund designed to invest in skills and training, boost business growth and support people into employment.
Earlier in the year the county council, district and borough councils and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), collaborated on seven bids from the voluntary and community sector, as well as private companies and public sector bodies for funding from the Community Renewal Fund.
Over the next few weeks, the county council will be working with the three successful organisations to ensure projects can be delivered before the June 2022 deadline.
The projects will focus on:
– Supporting people into employment through training and mentoring with a strong focus on mental health and wellbeing.
– Self-employment skills training.
– Funding activities for unemployed, disadvantaged groups including through youth clubs, rural career workshops and e-sports for young gaming enthusiasts.
The government received more than 1,000 applications for the fund, with 225 projects, worth £125.6million, being funded across England.
WCC economy spokeswoman Coun Kam Kaur said: “We are delighted that schemes in Warwickshire have been awarded this funding. It will be used to make a real difference increasing our skills so that we can be at the forefront of emerging markets.
“The benefits will be felt across many of our communities. For businesses, there will be an upsurge in skills and potential workforce in future growth sectors, unblocking the barrier to growth where there is not a suitably qualified workforce.
“And for residents, particularly young people and under-represented groups, it will open up opportunities for training that will greatly increase their employability.”