Funding could help improve employment prospects

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SECURING external funding may help the council target the problem of poor employability within the local workforce.

At a borough council cabinet meeting on recently councillors voted in favour of bidding for external funding.

In particular it was agreed that the council should apply for European funding as part of a partnership led by Kent County Council, called Pathways to Employment, to support employability initiatives.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration, said: “This is a good step in the right direction. There is every reason to hope we will get this funding.”

A report by Simon Hubbard, corporate director for regeneration, homes and communities, stated that regardless of school achievement and qualifications, many people are not work-ready in terms of life skills such as presentation, communication, time-keeping, and aspiration.

Councillor Matthew Beaver added that while maintaining employment was important, so was actually getting people through to the interview stage of recruitment.

He said: “To involve the schools at an early stage is extremely important.”