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NCG launches innovative gateway to job success for unemployed

NCG launches innovative gateway to job success for unemployed

NCG, one of the UK’s largest and most successful providers of education, training and employability, has launched an innovative new concept to support jobseekers struggling to find work.

The Employment Gateway is believed to be the first of its kind in the education and training sector. It was created through a unique partnership between one of the country’s leading training providers and two outstanding colleges.

Utilising the significant expertise of Intraining, Newcastle College and West Lancashire College - all divisions of NCG, the Employment Gateway is designed to give unemployed people the necessary support to help them get back into work, training or to gain essential employment skills.

The new service is available to those who are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or inactive benefits.

The Employment Gateway serves the needs of local communities at a time when UK unemployment figures are at a staggering 2.6 million, the highest for almost two decades. Recent reports also revealed that youth unemployment has now reached the million mark.

The service was developed in response to the country’s growing unemployment and the Government’s agenda to help more people back into work.

Delivered by Intraining, a prime contractor for the Government’s flagship Work Programme and located within Newcastle College and West Lancashire College, the Employment Gateway provides customers with a range of services tailored to their individual needs.

Experienced team members work with customers to develop core employability skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques. They can also gain help in finding suitable job vacancies and can access training and support to help overcome any barriers preventing them getting work.

The Gateway also helps customers to access a number of short employability courses covering a wide range of subjects from English and Maths to Business Admin, Customer Services and Health and Care. These courses are designed to help the customer to gain confidence and support them back into the job market.

In addition, customers can also benefit from the state-of-the-art interactive istop kiosk. This is a self-service touch screen tool, which provides all the latest job vacancies broken down by industry sector or geographical area, direct from Job Centre Plus.

Phil Bonell, Managing Director at Intraining, which delivers the Employment Gateway, said: “The concept behind Employment Gateway is extremely innovative and builds on the shared expertise of NCG’s divisions and the strong partnerships that we have developed with employers, organisations, such as Job Centre Plus, and community organisations.

“Our team at Intraining has considerable experience of delivering welfare to work services and the colleges have a proven track record of supporting and enabling local communities. Working together, we aim to work with customers to create an individual service, which combines support and training and identifies much-needed transferable skills into the job market

“With unemployment figures at an all time high, it is essential that we tackle this national problem. Unless urgent action is taken, the levels of unemployment and youth unemployment are likely to increase further still.”

Intraining also delivers training for NCG prime contracts for the Work Programme in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country and North East Yorkshire and Humberside.


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