Bedford Borough Council has confirmed that it will continue funding The Jobs Hub, securing the service’s future and helping more people find a new job, or get started on the career ladder.
This funding has come from the creation of a new £2.3million reserve for ‘Community Programme Priorities’.
In the last year alone, the Jobs Hub have supported over 600 people get a new job, and since 2012 over 2,200 people have been helped to gain employment.
Located on Greyfriars, they offer career advice and guidance to people of all ages to find work, training and apprenticeships.
They are able to help job-seekers find a employment, gain new skills, or undertake a complete career change.
The Jobs Hub can give guidance in many ways, from interview advice – helping one woman progress from waitressing to a career in the Civil Service – to assisting a former member of the Armed Forces transition to civilian life and secure an engineering apprenticeship.
Over 90 businesses work with the Jobs Hub and recent successes include securing 500 local residents’ jobs at Whistl Pro, and at the new Peacocks store in the town centre.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Jobs Hub was a pioneering new service which we introduced with partners to make a real difference for local people and businesses.
“It’s proven to be a fantastic resource for local residents looking for a new job or to develop new skills, and businesses looking for new employees.
“I am delighted that despite the financial pressure we continue to face, we have been able to secure the future of The Jobs Hubs for a further four years.”