Hattersley laboratory recruits through pioneering employment scheme

Date Released - 28/08/2019

An enterprising local business has benefitted from a scheme which supports young people from Tameside into work.

Envirolab, based in Hattersley, recruited member of staff Katherine Fortune through the Youth Employment Scheme (Tameside YES), part of the Tameside Employment Fund (TEF), and have been impressed with the results.

TEF was launched by the council on 28 May and it makes up the Tameside YES, business grants and trade grants with funding available over the next two years.

Through previous funding Tameside YES created 130 jobs for young people aged 16-24 who weren’t in education or training.

The scheme is available to both businesses and young people to help support business growth and youth employment with financial, behavioural, emotional and professional support.

Young people who aren’t in employment, education or training should get in touch. They will be supported to apply for positions and prepare for suitable vacancies. There’s also continued support available to help them stay in work.

Tameside YES aims to find a young person at least six months paid employment with a view to maintaining a full-time job, and supports both apprenticeships and non-apprenticeships. Over the half year period the young person’s wages are reimbursed to the employer by Tameside Council’s Employment & Skills team.

Gemma Lancashire, organic extraction lab supervisor at Envirolab, said: “We decided to go with the scheme because we wanted to offer a Tameside young person the opportunity to get into work, the financial support offered by Tameside YES made this possible for us.  Kat has been absolutely fantastic since she’s been here and is a great part of the team, taking on her role extremely well.”

Katherine Fortune, lab technician at Envirolab, said: “I decided to join the scheme as it seemed like a great way to build confidence while also making a pathway into a career. My transition worker helped me to look through vacancies, build a CV and prepare for the job interview. She also provided additional support while I was settling into the role.”

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council executive member for Housing, Planning and Employment, said: “The Tameside Youth Employment Scheme supports the most vulnerable young people in the borough into work, whilst supporting local businesses to grow and invest in local talent.

“It’s testament to the success of this scheme in the past that funds have been made available to continue the great work, along with offering business and trade grants under the Tameside Employment Fund.  I hope many more businesses and young people continue to benefit from this.”

For more information on the Tameside Employment Fund grants and schemes visit www.tameside.gov.uk/tef/tradegrant or contact the Employment and Skills team to discuss at employmentandskills@tameside.gov.uk.

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