Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Council Teams Secure European Funding For Employment Support Project


European funding has been secured by teams at Cambridgeshire County Council for an employment support project.

The IMPRESS project (Innovative & Meaningful Post Recruitment Employment Support Services) is funded by the Interreg 4a 'Channel' programme and will work with 10 partners in the UK and France, sharing knowledge to offer support and guidance to long-term unemployed people who have gained employment and face barriers to maintaining it.

IMPRESS will engage with employers to improve staff retention, provide better skills opportunities, develop practical approaches to improve the performance and retention of individuals at work and create strategies for certain sectors to understand what works best for both employers and employees. The project will be delivered across Cambridgeshire by teams from Library Learning Services and the Adult Careers Service.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Learning, Cllr David Harty said 'We believe that our involvement in the IMPRESS project will help us to take the Council's priorities further by moving away from what is often a focus on unemployment and remedial action into something longer-term and for the benefit of individual employees, sustainable employment and growth'.