Initiative helping to get adults back into work

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A new service aimed at helping people from Chorley back into work is already proving a success.

The Chorley Works programme specifically targets local people aged 25 and over who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance and helps them update their skills and gives them the chance to get back into the workplace.

It was launched earlier this year by Chorley Council working in partnership with Lancashire County Council.

Now, six of the Chorley Works candidates, who have just completed their WorkStart placements, have all been offered work contracts with their placement providers.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “This is really good news that we’ve managed to get six people into work and off Job Seekers Allowance so quickly.

“It proves that the Chorley Works programme has the power to change lives for the better.

“We’ve also got another eight currently on placements and things are looking good for them too. I cannot emphasise enough that one of our main priorities is to create a strong local economy and one of the ways we can do that is by helping people back into work because then they have the spending power to contribute to the local economy,” he added.