Scheme bids to help long-term unemployed

A CHARITY is launching a new project to help the long-term unemployed.

BHT Sussex has come up with an intern programme to provide opportunities for up to 40 people per year to take up an internship.

It has been designed to enable people to gain the skills and experience needed to increase their employability.

Internship opportunities are on offer in BHT Sussex projects in Hastings, as well as Eastbourne and Brighton and Hove.

Interns will complete a six-month work placement and are supported by a trained mentor. The programme is open to BHT Sussex clients and those who have experienced long-term unemployment or those who lack the skills and experience to break into the job market.

Rob Robinson, intern programme co-ordinator, said: “The programme will give participants the edge when entering what is an incredibly competitive job market.

“Our interns will graduate with CV boosting skills and experience and will have evidenced their commitment.

“The structured training programme incorporates key employment skills such as team working, communication and problem solving.”

Andy Winter, BHT Sussex chief executive, who originally proposed the initiative, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for their confidence and generosity in part funding this programme. The challenge for BHT now is to ensure that, having gained experience as interns, our clients can progress to paid employment.”