Oldham Council and its partners are celebrating success after smashing an ambitious target to create 2,015 employment opportunities by the end of 2015.
The local authority’s flagship “Get Oldham Working” campaign has seen local employers provide 2,169 jobs, apprenticeship and trainee opportunities to local people since its launch in May, 2013.
The triumph was revealed last night (Monday, March 16) at Gallery Oldham with a “thank you” event to businesses and organisations who pledged their support to the initiative.
Special guest Adam Corbally, star of BBC’s The Apprentice, shared the secrets of his own success from being a market trader to motivational coach and entrepreneur.
He praised Get Oldham Working as an “inspirational” initiative that has helped many young people and the unemployed to find work.
The dedicated Get Oldham Working team has helped facilitate the creation of 1,184 jobs, 342 apprenticeships and 643 trainee and work experience opportunities.
The council and our partners are committed to carry on the good work – with an increased focus on creating more jobs.
Adam said: “Oldham is showing great commitment to get 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.
“Also I must commend the support Get Oldham Working provides in mentoring and giving financial support for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.”
Councillor 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 growing more support for new business ventures.
“We are seeing more businesses setting up in Oldham, young people wanting to work here and a positive attitude to make things better for ourselves.
“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 small-sized businesses to the borough – therefore boosting the local economy and bringing in more jobs.”
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, said: “We are a council that has big plans for the future – despite the budget challenges we still face.
“We have an energetic Get Oldham Working team who are dedicated to helping the careers of local people. In fact, some of the team came through the initiative and are now helping fellow residents get their foot on the employment ladder.
“I would urge any businesses who have not already signed up to this beneficial scheme to do so. Anyone out there looking for work should contact our Get Oldham Working team. It has already helped thousands of jobseekers and young people with their career prospects and it can help you as well.”
Follow the team on Twitter @EmployOldham or “like” www.facebook.com/getoldhamworking
On the website, you can also see how Get Oldham Working is supporting our residents and business with an informative new video.
Local businesses and organisations interested in providing traineeships, apprentices or jobs for local people can either express interest by visiting on-line at www.oldham.gov.uk/gow or also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 770 4674.