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Apr 18 2011

Successful Harrow job scheme to continue

“We will do our damnedest to find yet more funding to continue and hopefully enhance the scheme.” — Cllr Bill Stephenson, Leader of Harrow Council

A successful job scheme helping Harrow’s long-term unemployed back into work is to continue – and even open its doors to more residents including the under 25s – after securing new funding. The Council-run Xcite for Parents programme looked set to close after the Mayor’s London Development Agency (LDA) abolished the pilot scheme and its funding. The scheme had helped over 80 parents find jobs, in the process saving taxpayers an estimated £1m a year in benefit payments.

The programme has been renamed the Xcite Employment Project and will support residents to find employment through weekly work clubs. They consist of CV writing sessions, guidance on job applications, interviews, and job hunting, as well as motivational training.

The scheme is open to any Harrow resident keen to return to work, and eligible to work in the UK . For further information contact Victoria Isaacs on 020 8736 6538 or email victoria.isaacs@harrow.gov.uk

 

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