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£4m skills investment in West of England moves a step closer

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 31 October 2017 9:47

£4m skills investment in West of England moves a step closer

A new programme to help improve skills and opportunities for up to 3,000 adults moved a step closer yesterday (30 October) at the West of England Combined Authority meeting.

The £4m innovation pilot, announced in July by the Department for Work and Pensions, is coming to the West of England as a direct result of devolution.

It will start in early 2018 and aims to support social housing tenants already in work into secure, more meaningful and better-paid careers.

The Combined Authority meeting agreed how funding will be split between Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, who will run the pilots in their areas, working with housing associations and registered social landlords.

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The West of England Combined Authority will manage the overall programme and evaluate its success.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “This is an important new project that supports my aim of boosting skills across the region, improving job opportunities for all.

“I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential.

“We will work closely with the three local councils to make sure this programme reaches as many eligible residents as possible.”

Skills navigators will be appointed to work with eligible people to help them improve their earning potential and income by working with them to provide tailored personal and professional development.

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