JOBS for more than 80 young unemployed people will be created in the building industry under a new scheme.
Young people from Mexborough, Stainforth, Moorends, Conisbrough, Denaby and Thorne are in line to benefit from the scheme, which has been backed by a £384,000 grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).
It is hoped as many as three-quarters of those taken on as trainees will gain an NVQ over two years.
CRT chairman Peter McNestry said: “This is a scheme that has proved to be very successful at the real coalface or regeneration, getting people into work.”
Under the scheme run by Barnsley Community Build, trainees work at companies in the building trade looking to expand their workforce.
All trainees are placed with an employer from day one and are paid employees.
The employer receives a reducing run by scale of funding towards wages depending on the job and the amount of training needed as the employee develops skills and ‘earns their keep.’
Mr McNestry added: “This valuable scheme will actively target young people who are not in employment, education or training from deprived areas across the South Yorkshire coalfield areas.
“The vast majority of people will access the service willhave hade no experience and will have limited skills.”
RB Joinery of Cudworth
One of the employers signed up to the scheme is RB Joiners of Cudworth.
Owner Richard Burgin wanted to expand his business by taking on a new member of staff but knew that a new employee would take three months of training before they started paying their way.
The training scheme run by Barnsley Community Build provided the perfect platform for Richard to develop his business by subsidising the wages of a new member of staff and providing funding towards a qualification for the employee to enhance his value within the company.
Richard has since taken on four more members of staff and now has a multi-skilled worforce of five.
He said: “The growth of my business and the creation of these sustainable jobs could not have been achieved without the assistance of BCB.