Council Drive to Give Jobless a Better Deal; PILOT PROJECTS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE BACK TO WORKING ENVIRONMENT

By Parrish, Rachel | Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 18, 1999 | Go to article overview
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Council Drive to Give Jobless a Better Deal; PILOT PROJECTS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE BACK TO WORKING ENVIRONMENT


Parrish, Rachel, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)


Unemployed people in Nuneaton and Bedworth have been given a springboard to new jobs through the government's New Deal initiative.

Warwickshire County Council, which has been piloting New Deal projects as part of a national trial, hopes to set up two supervised construction work programmes in the borough by the end of next month.

One will provide work for people with building skills and the other for people with landscaping experience.

The idea is to encourage people back to a working environment to help them move on to full-time jobs.

John Deegan, director of economic strategy for Warwickshire County Council, said: ``The county council has shown considerable support for the New Deal and Welfare to Work programme as a whole by allocating Pounds 180,000 to be used over three years to support the programme.

``A successful pilot project has shown that a high proportion of young people will benefit from a supervised placement in a project team carrying out construction-related tasks.

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