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Restart programme to tackle unemployment

by Gemma Melling

The council’s Knowsley Works team has been given the green light to deliver the £11.9m Restart programme to tackle unemployment in the borough.

Members of Knowsley Council’s cabinet tonight (Wednesday, 16 June, 2021) approved a recommendation for Knowsley Works – which supports local residents who are looking for employment, education or training – to run the Government-funded programme and aim to help almost 8,000 unemployed residents find work over the next three years.

Unemployment has doubled nationally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Knowsley has seen a similar increase. The end of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention (“furlough”) Scheme in September is expected to push that number up even further.

The Restart programme will be open to residents who have been out of work for more than 12 months and will provide them with regular intensive support to find and secure employment.

The funding will enable the expansion of the Knowsley Works teams in Huyton and Kirkby with the recruitment of 42 new staff, as well as creating new outreach support.

Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development Cllr Tony Brennan said: “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has doubled nationally and locally and this programme will be vital in supporting the Council’s efforts to deliver a successful recovery from the pandemic for the benefit of Knowsley’s residents and businesses.

“It will be delivered alongside our Ways to Work Programme, which will focus its support on residents who have been made unemployed more recently. By delivering both programmes, the council will be able to provide a comprehensive and universal employment support service to all Knowsley residents.”

Find out more about Knowsley Works

To find out more about employment support as well as training opportunities available, call the team on 0151 443 5010 or call into the Knowsley Works offices in Huyton (Derby Road) or Kirkby (The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way).