In November 2016 the Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP) secured £6.7million of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the ‘Access to Employment’ (AtoE) project.
AtoE is supporting Lancashire’s adults who are unemployed or inactive to progress into employment, apprenticeships or further training. The support available includes coaching, mentoring, advice on job searching, CV tips and interview techniques, literacy and ICT training, ESOL provision and programmes for learners with special educational needs. In addition, the project is helping those with personal or social barriers to employment, for example, the purchase of tools or equipment or to fund travel or childcare costs.
AtoE is also helping Lancashire’s businesses to recruit employees or apprentices keen to develop the right skills to support objectives and help achieve growth. It is also providing pre-employment training which can be designed by a business to ensure it is tailored to their needs and individuals are equipped with the right skills for their business.
The project is delivered by LESEP members together with a network of additional delivery partners – the Access to Employment Provider Network. Preston’s College is the lead accountable body.