Unique service to tackle unemployment launches in Speke

Published: 16 September 2016

South Liverpool Homes has launched a new employment and training initiative this week to help local people access job opportunities in the area - with Labour’s Candidate for Metro Mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotheram coming along to check out the new facility.

Representatives from over 20 organisations attended the launch of Reach, an employability hub that links local employers and training providers with South Liverpool residents who need support to help bring them closer to the job market.

MP Steve Rotheram said “I was delighted to visit the new Reach employability hub this afternoon and view the impressive facilities on offer to those looking to find work.

“Unemployment, especially for young people, remains a real problem in our area and this initiative, led by South Liverpool Homes, affords the opportunity for local people to gain significant skills, advice and experience to assist them in their pursuit for employment.

“The Skills agenda is something I am passionate about and as Labour’s Metro Mayor Candidate this is an area I will focus on to ensure we bridge the employment deficit across Merseyside and Halton.”

Based in the Parklands library in Speke, Reach hosts a reception area, 10 computers and 4 training rooms, operating as a drop-in service as well as dedicated training and support sessions delivered by organisations including the National Careers Service, Employability Solutions, Liverpool in Work and YPOP (Young Persons Opportunities Project).

Cllr Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills said, "Reach is a fantastic initiative.  It brings partners from right across the city to work together to tackle unemployment. We all need to work together and share our resources to help get local people into work."

Open five days a week, Reach will provide a range of training, employment and enterprise opportunities, as well as offering support with CV writing, interview skills and confidence building. 

Joe Cummings, SLH’s Enterprise Manager said, “The area has seen large scale investment in recent years, however more needs to be done to help local people take advantage of the opportunities that are out there.

“By having all these services come together under one roof, organisations can utilise each other’s knowledge and experience to ensure that the best package of support is available to help people find work, as well as maximising resources to gain essential funding.”

Local organisations have already started using the facility as a base for their recruitment and training needs; New Mersey Retail Park used it to run their retail and hospitality training programme and Sterling Care & Support are running a recruitment event on 19 September for people aspiring to work in the care industry.

If you're looking for work, an employer or training provider and would like to get involved, please call Joe Cummings or Laura Murphy on 0330 303 3000 or email reach@slhgroup.co.uk