HALTON'S employment opportunities have been given a major boost after Halton council's executive board approved plans to accept contracts offered by Jobcentre Plus.
Jobcentre Plus and the European Social Fund (ESF) cofinanced contracts that will help to improve employment and training services delivered by the council's New Deal Team, Halton People Into Jobs (HPIJ) and the In-Work Support Team.
The contract, which is estimated to be worth £2.4m, starts next month.
It will contribute to achieving economic and social prosperity by improving employment prospects for residents in the borough.
Cllr Rob Polhill, executive board member for development, planning and transportation, said: 'The tenders that have been accepted will enhance New Deal provision and help Halton people into jobs.
'By accepting the contracts, the New Deal Team, HPIJ and the In-Work Support Team will further contribute to supporting two of the regeneration department's six key objectives: one - to improve employability, reduce unemployment and raise economic activity rates; and two - to support the development of a more competitive workforce.'