AN APPLICATION for European funding has successfully landed half a million pounds to help support borough residents to return to work.
The cash boost from European Social Funds will enable the West Cheshire Employability Partnership to provide a range of training courses and other projects aimed at people on incapacity and income support benefits over the next 12 months.
The courses will focus on linking people to forthcoming developments and job opportunities.
Courses in hospitality, construction, call centres, logistics, retail and self employment will soon be available under the scheme, as well as help with clothing for interviews, and support with transport and childcare.
An existing Ellesmere Port project which supports people with health problems back into employment will also be extended through this scheme, and WorkAbility 1-2-1 will be introduced at the Well Blacon centre as well as its current base in Ellesmere Port's Links Healthy Living Centre.
Cllr Justin Madders, leader of the borough council, said: 'This is great news for the area. The council is committed to assisting as many people into work as possible.
'We currently enjoy relatively low unemployment compared to the high levels we have seen previously but there are still many people we hope will benefit from this excellent opportunity for the borough.'
Lisa Conway, head of employment and learning for the borough council and chair of the West Cheshire Employability Partnership, said: 'The partnership recognises a lot of people on incapacity or income support benefits are keen to return to work, but would welcome some support to make that move in a way which suits their own personal circumstances.
'Workability will focus on people's abilities, not disabilities, and help them to carve out satisfying routes back into work.'
* To find out more about the wide range of help available to get back into employment, call the council's employment and lifelong learning team on 0151 356 6637.