Project is just the job for 2,169 peo­ple

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THE town hall has beat its tar­get to get 2,015 peo­ple into work by the end of 2015.

The Get Old­ham Work­ing cam­paign has seen 2,169 jobs, ap­pren­tice­ships and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated since it was launched in May 2013.

The mile­stone was cel­e­brated with a spe­cial ‘thank you’ event for the busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the bor­ough which pledged to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

Adam Cor­bally, who fea­tured in BBC se­ries The Ap­pren­tice, was the spe­cial guest at the cel­e­bra­tion at Gallery Old­ham and spoke of the se­crets of his own suc­cess, from be­ing a mar­ket trader to a mo­ti­va­tional coach and en­tre­pre­neur.

He said: “Old­ham is show­ing great com­mit­ment to get­ting res­i­dents into em­ploy­ment.

“I ad­mire the drive that the coun­cil and em­ploy­ers have in unit­ing to­gether for the goal of find­ing work for its res­i­dents.

“I must also com­mend the sup­port Get Old­ham Work­ing pro­vides in men­tor­ing and giv­ing fi­nan­cial help to en­trepreneurs and start-up busi­nesses.”

To date the ini­tia­tive has cre­ated 1,184 jobs, 342 ap­pren­tice­ships and 643 train­ing or work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It is hoped the project will con­tinue to cre­ate even more op­por­tu­ni­ties across the bor­ough.

Coun­cil leader, Coun Jim McMa­hon said: “This is a mile­stone for Old­ham coun­cil as it shows that, by work­ing to­gether, we can make a real dif­fer­ence.

“Col­lec­tively we are re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment in Old­ham and we are gath­er­ing more sup­port for new busi­ness ven­tures.

“We are see­ing more busi­nesses set­ting up in Old­ham and young peo­ple want­ing to work here with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to make things bet­ter.

“We may have smashed our tar­get of 2,015 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with nine months to spare – but we were never go­ing to stop there. We will con­tinue to carry on the good work with our part­ners.

“Our fan­tas­tic re­gen­er­a­tion projects – like the Old Town Hall and the Prince’s Gate at Old­ham Mumps de­vel­op­ments – will en­tice large, medium and small­sized busi­nesses to the bor­ough, there­fore boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and bring­ing in more jobs.”

Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved or peo­ple look­ing for work can visit old­ham.gov.uk/ gow, call 0161 770 4674 or email em­ploy­a­bil­ity@ old­ham.gov.uk.

Old­ham mayor, Coun Fida Hus­sain with early help of­fi­cer Jor­dan Townsend, Ap­pren­tice star Adam Cor­bally, Old­ham’s first ap­pren­tice Ana Chad­wick and coun­cil leader, Coun Jim McMa­hon

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