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New Project Helps Long Term Jobless In Bolsover

An innovative project helping long term unemployed people in Bolsover find new, sustainable jobs has been launched.

The Bolsover Employment and Training Initiative (BETI) is a two-year project which has started following the appointment of Business Training Co-ordinator, Jane Conneely and Business Engagement Officer, Dana Tighe.

The aim is to help around 500 local residents with short, job-focused skills training courses whilst helping new and existing businesses in their recruitment process. It will also help a further 200 residents with 'soft' training skills such as confidence building in order to support personal growth.

The project is being funded by Bolsover District Council through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund and delivered by DEA in partnership with Bolsover Local Strategic Partnership and Coalfields Regeneration Trust through the Family Employment Initiative.

Explained Scott Knowles, Operations Director at DEA which is a subsidiary of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce: "This is an innovative programme that will help both businesses and the long term unemployed.

"It will not only equip people with the skills they need to find work, but the training we're providing will also benefit the firms that take them on. We'll be actively targeting businesses which are re-locating to the area as well as helping existing companies to recruit suitable staff."

Between now and March 2012 the project aims to create more than 100 new jobs for local people.

Added Scott: "I am delighted to welcome Jane and Dana to the DEA team. This innovative new partnership with the Chamber and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, supported by Bolsover Local Strategic Partnership, will, I am sure, make a real difference to the local community in Bolsover district as well as helping new and existing businesses in the area."

For further information: please contact Scott Knowles, DEA Operations Director on 01246 207207