It’s just the job as scheme is extended

LOOKING UP: From left, Emma Kerwin from NEAC, Michael Campbell, and Sarah Ainslie from Amacus.
LOOKING UP: From left, Emma Kerwin from NEAC, Michael Campbell, and Sarah Ainslie from Amacus.

A NEW initiative to help dozens of Hartlepool jobseekers is such a winner it is being extended.

More than 100 town people have already been given the skills to help them get work.

Town training company Amacus has launched the ‘Leapfrog – Jump Start your Future’ programme in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Hartlepool Borough Council.

Amacus trains around 20 jobseekers per week across the town, providing local businesses with access to a pool of highly trained workers. It is also supporting people wanting to move into self-employment.

The news is a welcome boost for Hartlepool, after a huge rise in jobless figures which saw the Mail launch the Work in Progress campaign to try and help people back into work.

Learners receive 32 hours of support over two weeks, as well as extra support and one-to-one coaching. Jobseekers also offered access to qualifications in literacy, numeracy and IT.

One person who has already benefitted is Michael Campbell who has been placed as an IT apprentice with after completing the course.

Amacus was approached by the North East Apprenticeship Company (NEAC) to help fill the position.

Emma Kerwin, apprentice support officer, at NEAC said: “I explained the position I had available and they quickly referred Michael, who was an excellent candidate for the role.”

The programme is proving such a success in Hartlepool that Amacus has rolled it out across South Durham.

Christine Hall, managing director at Amacus, said: “The programme only launched in December 2012 and we are delighted with how it has been received.

“We already have a pool of skilled workers ready to go into employment, with employers reaping the benefits.

“The programme provides an ideal route for local businesses to find work-ready talent, already equipped with the skills and behaviours they expect from their staff.

“Our free jobs match service meaning we can support employers to find the right people from people who are now ready to go into employment.”

Ted Wilson from Hartlepool JobCentre Plus, said: “This initiative will provide an excellent opportunity for jobseekers to develop their skills while picking up new ones.”