Residents set to benefit from £2.84m into-work programme

A joint programme of help and support for people looking to get into work has been launched by three local councils.

Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council and Wakefield Council have joined forces to create Works Better.

Works Better focuses on getting individuals ready-to-work through mentoring, confidence building and matching people with suitable vacancies throughout the three areas. In total, the programme hopes to help over 4000 people get into work.

The councils are supported by delivery partners in each area: Newground in Calderdale, Fusion Housing and Paddock Community Partnership in Kirklees, and Groundwork in Wakefield.

Works Better programme is being led by Kirklees Council, and is funded through a grant of £2.8m from the European Social fund.

The Works Better team will also work with local employers to identify suitable vacancies and support them to recruit individuals who are looking to get into work.

More information is available by visiting the Works Better website on or calling 01484 221000 and asking for Works Better.

Cllr Peter McBride joint Cabinet member for Economy said: “We know that almost everyone is employable, but many people are held back by barriers which could be easily overcome. Some people need help with childcare; whilst others lack or have lost confidence, and for some it’s a lack of things like basic IT Skills preventing them from finding work. All of these things can be resolved with some help and support and this is where Works Better comes in. We’ll also be seeking out vacancies and matching people to them, with the support of local businesses. This ambitious partnership aims to tackle all these barriers and I would encourage anyone who is looking for work to find out more.”

The programme is funded from the European Social Fund is part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.


Wb Launch