Helping hand to return to work

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An employability service has been launched in Chorley to help people increase their chances of finding work.

With funding from the Government, an employability officer is now based at Chorley Council’s civic offices on Union Street, offering help to people aged 25 to 49 who have been out of work for six to 12 months.

The officer can provide advice on overcoming barriers to work, help with budget management and information on improving their skills.

Coun Terry Brown, who is responsible for employment and business, 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.”