£2m scheme to tackle long-term unemployment and 'change the lives of a generation' in Scunthorpe
Lindsay Cates (right) MD of Youth Engineering Scunthorpe, shakes on the new £2.2 million scheme to help people back into employment with Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Nov 2017
A £2 million scheme is set to to tackle long-term unemployment in some of Scunthorpe's most deprived areas.
The programme, which has been announced today by North Lincolnshire Council, aims to transform communities by boosting enterprise and help up to 1,150 people in the wards of Brumby, Frodingham, Crosby and Park, Town and Ashby.
The Community Led Local Development scheme will also tackle other social issues and will specifically target groups including the unemployed, those aged over 54, the disabled and ethnic minorities.
The money will be used to support 70 small and medium-sized businesses, help 35 new enterprises and give 70 individuals the skills needed to launch a business.
The areas it is available in have a lack of provision identified through community and key stakeholder consultation.
In these wards, residents will be encouraged to form action groups which will distribute the funds around five main priorities:
- To address health and disability – including mental health – as a barrier to employment
- To support entrepreneurship and offer pre-start support for small businesses
- To support particular groups – including the disabled, ethnic minority groups and veterans – into employment
- To raise aspirations amongst children and young people
- To encourage joint working between local residents, businesses, organisations and other key stakeholders
The action groups will be able to apply when the Community Led Local Development scheme starts in 2018.
The project has been endorsed by the Youth Engineering charity, which helps disadvantaged young people by providing training, experience and support to enter the labour market and is based on Hoylake Road on the South Park Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe.
A map showing the areas identified as the most deprived in Scunthorpe
Managing director Lindsay Cates said: "The Community Led Local Development scheme is very much in keeping with the aims of our charity.
"Hopefully, it will support what we do and there is, very much, a relationship to be had.
"Quite a few of the workforce here have actually come from the Westcliff area. If you have a stable working environment, your social life improves and your outlook on life gets better.
"We are a stepping stone."
Mr Cates said the charity works with young people on the "fundamentals" of business such as clocking on and clocking off and health and safety awareness.
Lindsay Cates (right) MD of Youth Engineering, explains to Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, the manufacturing processes at the business
Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Our vision for the Community Led Local Development scheme is to deliver social regeneration and economic growth by working closely with local communities to tackle the issues that affect them.
"The project brings together local residents, small businesses, community groups and other organisations to work on improving their area and the lives of the people who live there.
"Through this development plan we will be able to tackle unemployment amongst young people and disadvantaged groups, break down the barriers people face to starting a small business or accessing training, and help people lead healthier lifestyles.
"This £2.2 million project is a major undertaking to change the lives of an entire generation by reducing entrenched unemployment and deprivation."
The scheme utilises money from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund.
For more information about the funding or forming an action group, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01724 297330.