Get Oldham Working creates more than 8,000 opportunities in five years

AROUND 8,330 work-related opportunities have been created since 2013 by Oldham Council’s Get Oldham Working team – and their offer to residents continues to grow.

Rohema Khan, Helen Taylor, Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, Mayoress of Oldham Tasleem Akhtar, Mayor of Oldham Councillor Javid Iqbal, Helen Lockwood and James Ogborn

Their original aim was to support local people with access to employment opportunities in the borough, including jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience.

Since 2013 GOW has created 8,330 work-related opportunities, including 5,594 jobs, 1,278 apprenticeships, 315 traineeships and 1,143 work experience placements.

They have also filled 6,875 work-related opportunities, including 4,606 jobs, 842 apprenticeships, 284 traineeships and 1,108 work experience placements.

And they have also developed to offer even more services including:

  • The Career Advancement Service: A programme aimed at helping those already in employment gain more skills, better pay and more secured meaningful work.
  • Skills for Employment: Access to one-to-one support with a Personal Learning Mentor, local training provision, a structured work placement to enhance job prospects (if needed) and access to GOW job opportunities and application support.
  • Oldham Council Traineeship: A great way to enhance your skills and abilities as a refresher or a complete career change via paid on-the-job training – open to all ages.
  • Free recruitment Service: Working with local businesses to help with their recruitment and pre-employment training to help find the best talent in Oldham.
  • Ageing Well Oldham: Support for anyone over 50 who is seeking career advice, information on enterprise development, and health and wellbeing guidance.
  • Jobs boards, fairs and clubs: Including the online Get Oldham Working Jobs Board, biannual Jobs Fairs and specialist employer events and clubs.

Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, said: “Over the last five years Get Oldham Working has worked extremely hard to offer residents vital support to help them gain employment, plus access to training and information on how they can best enhance their careers.

“We’ve done our bit by helping residents access new jobs and career opportunities, a prime example being our most recent jobs fair at the Queen Elizabeth Hall which more than 2,500 people attended.

“We want businesses to continue working with us to provide apprenticeships, training opportunities, work placements and jobs for our residents because if we all work together we can help to boost our local economy.”

GOW is more accessible to residents than ever before now with opportunities to contact the team via social media (Facebook: @GetOldhamWorking / Twitter: @EmployOldham), as well as face-to-face appointments.

The GOW team are located on the first floor of Metropolitan Place, Hobson Street, Oldham, OL1 1TT – across the road from the Job Centre Plus.

Their ‘open door’ policy means residents of working age can go along without an appointment and speak to a careers advisor on weekdays from 9am until 4pm.

You can also reach the team by email employability@oldham.gov.uk or by telephone on 0161 770 4674 or read more on their website: www.oldham.gov.uk/gow

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