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Businesses back new employment initiative

PUBLISHED: 17:36 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

Businesses have put their backing behind a new employment initiative in Gloucester. Around 50 businesses were represented at the launch of the Opportunity Gloucester initiative.

Businesses back new employment initiative

Businesses have put their backing behind a new employment initiative in Gloucester. Around 50 businesses were represented at the launch of the Opportunity Gloucester initiative.

Keith Rog, head of marketing and development at GFirst, said: With so many organisations working together on this project we have the greatest chance of reducing unemployment and growing the Gloucestershire economy.

Opportunity Gloucester provides support for people out of work for under a year by providing one-to-one interviews and mentoring to discuss personal circumstances and ambitions, qualifications, work experience, barriers to employment and then to help to identify training and job opportunities.

It is run by economic development company GFirst and Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited, the county's Enterprise Agency and leading skills provider.

At the launch businesspeople heard from Julian Wain, Chief Executive of Gloucester City Council, and Nick Browning from Jobcentre Plus, which commissioned the initiative.

They also heard from Sarah Dunning, the Chief Executive of Westmorland Ltd, who discussed the history and future of the Gloucestershire Gateway Motorway Service Station, recently given approval and on which building is expected to start imminently.

Mr Rog added: We have been working closely with Westmorland and Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, which are building the motorway service area, to ensure that local people can compete and secure employment at the site. It is just one example of how we would like to work with employers in Gloucester.

Opportunity Gloucester is open to people claiming Jobseekers Allowance for less than nine months. Support can only be accessed through referral by a Jobcentre Adviser.

Businesses wanting to get involved should contact GFirst on 01452 733503.


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