‘Building Bridges’ invests £3.9m into supporting local unemployed

By Nick Batten on 20 January, 2017

The Building Bridges partnership is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund and aims to help people facing ‘challenges and barriers’ to move into work by injecting £3.9m into supporting individuals in Swindon and Wiltshire.

As part of this, it is seeking to support employers in Swindon and Wiltshire by matching them with individuals who can add value to their workforce and providing support to both the employer and employee.

According to the 2015 UKCES Employer Skills Survey: 1,651 establishments in Wiltshire and Swindon reported having at least one hard to fill vacancy (8% of establishments). Yet the area has an estimated 14,200 unemployed individuals.

Dave Potts Building Bridges Programme Manager said:”Swindon and Wiltshire has a wealth of people with valuable skills, abilities and potential who are being overlooked because employers are focusing on the barriers they face rather than the skills and attributes they could bring to the workplace”.

Dave added: “We can help people get started by offering work experience for as little as one hour per week, with the potential to offer further progression opportunities through employment or voluntary work. With free support we can help to source an appropriate candidate for your workplace, potentially adding value to your organisation and opening a whole new world of opportunity for the participant”.

For more information on the project visit www.buildingbridgesw.org.uk or contact Claire Pearce, claire.pearce@wiltshire.gov.uk  Tel: 01225 718425/ 01225 716890