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A week to remember as 100 celebrate job success

A week to remember as 100 celebrate job success
More than 100 unemployed peoples lives were transformed in just one week when they secured new jobs and work placements thanks to support from an ambitious Birmingham initiative.
Their success was down to their own determination to succeed and the support of Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) through the 115m Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) initiative. WNF is a partnership between Be Birmingham, Jobcentre Plus, Birmingham City Council, and the SFA.
The amazing milestone figure of 102 PPDG customers finding employment, achieved in seven days at the end of September, brings the total number of city residents who have been helped into employment opportunity through WNF to 1,100 since the start of the year.
PPDG chief executive officer Colin Birchall said: Pertemps People Development Group has enjoyed a truly stunning week, securing a combined total of 102 job and Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) outcomes.
The results were recorded by our Birmingham-based Working Neighbourhoods Fund team and are a record for the programme which began in January of this year. They represent the reward for nine months of intensive community engagement, working closely with unemployed people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the city.
Councillor Tim Huxtable, cabinet member for transportation and regeneration, Birmingham City Council, represents the Bournville ward which includes areas of high unemployment such as the Masefield estate, where PPDG delivers outreach services.
He said:  To help more than 100 people escape their ordeal of worklessness and get into sustainable employment in just one week  is a superb achievement. It demonstrates that, given the right support and guidance, the long-term unemployed can secure jobs even in the toughest of economic environments.I would like to congratulate each and every one of the successful jobseekers and also the team at Pertemps People Development Group who have demonstrated that the Working Neighbourhoods Fund really can change peoples lives for the better.  
Regional operations director Dal Veysey said: WNF is an extremely important employment initiative for Birmingham. By transforming the lives of local people through employment opportunities we can in turn improve the prospects for areas of regeneration. We have extremely dedicated employees who are going the extra mile to help local residents.
A recent WNF success story is Birmingham man Paul Evans who applied for no less than 85 jobs before finally celebrating the beginning of an exciting new career in recruitment.
Paul, from Kings Heath, spent eight months looking for work, filling in numerous unsuccessful job applications along the way after being made redundant from the television industry. But now hes secured a position as a recruitment consultant for city-based Network Recruitment Partnership in Edgbaston where hes thriving, helping people in the same position he once found himself.
WNF is a voluntary programme delivered by PPDG through five centres Handsworth, Harborne, Nechells, Newtown and Sparkhill. Support available for job seekers through WNF includes: confidence-building and motivation courses, CV preparation and interview techniques, training and opportunities to gain new qualifications, as well as access to live job vacancies.


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