An employability service has been launched in Chorley to help unemployed local people, aged 25 to 49, find work.
With funding from the Department for Work and Pensions, an employability officer is now based at Chorley Council’s civic offices on Union Street, offering advice and support to those who have been out of work between six and 12 months.
Anyone from Chorley who thinks they are eligible for the service can drop into the council’s offices to make an appointment with the new employability officer.
They will get advice on how they can overcome barriers to work, as well as getting help with budget management and assistance in improving their skills.
Additionally, people can also be referred to the service by Chorley Jobcentre, a social housing landlord, Chorley Citizens Advice Bureau and Help Direct.
Coun Terry Brown, whose responsibility includes employment and business at Chorley Council, said: “This is a new service for Chorley Council and, as far as we know, it is the first time any council has employed an employability officer to target this specific group of people.
“Offering this new service is part of our drive to get more local people, who are unemployed, back into work.
“We realise the age and unemployment criteria is quite strict, but we are targeting this group of people because there is already a lot of support and training available for people under 25 and over 50 but nothing specifically aimed at the age group in between.”
Laura Martin is Chorley Council’s new employability officer.
For help and advice, call into Chorley Council’s offices on Union Street.