Project is just the job for 2,169 people
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