A new programme has been launched across the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region to support both unemployed and economically inactive local people progress to job search readiness or move into paid employment.


The Making a Difference Programme is a three-year European Social Fund match funded programme delivering support to people living in the Coast to Capital region, which includes East Surrey, Sussex, and Croydon.


The programme, which will be delivered by Education Development Trust, has seen the first participants join. Each participant in the programme will receive support from their Making a Difference Employment Coach at regular intervals for up to four months, with the frequency of the intervention and the type of activities undertaken to be determined by agreement with their Employment Coach, tailored to their individual needs.


There are many different activities designed specifically to benefit the participant, from workshops covering CV’s and interview skills, through to taster days with local employers. In addition, there will be regular employment events, such as jobs fairs and roadshows showcasing different sectors, run across the region and open to all.


Participants interested in joining the programme can be referred via their JCP Work Coach, or through direct contact with the Making a Difference team by calling 01329 559177. The first appointment will be held with a National Careers Service Adviser who will be able to explain the benefits of the programme and book the induction appointment at a time to suit the participant.


Dave Burchett, Assistant Director, Careers, at Education Development Trust commented:


“We are delighted to be taking on delivery of this exciting new programme at a time when for many people this type of support is hugely important. Our new team is now in place and we are looking forward to forming strong links with individuals and employers to aid in the economic recovery of the South East of England.”


If you are interested in finding out more about the programme please contact the Making a Difference team on 01329 559177 or email mades@educationdevelopmenttrust.com


You can also follow the Making a Difference programme via Twitter at @employ_support and via Facebook @EmploySupport




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