The city’s biggest landlord, Nottingham City Homes (NCH), has teamed up with local employment and skills experts Nottingham Jobs, to support residents who are looking for work or wanting to change career.

The Next Steps initiative provides free support to NCH residents of any age to address individual barriers and help people gain skills to increase their chances of gaining employment or training opportunities.

Support available includes:

  • help with CV writing
  • advice on applying for jobs
  • support with completing application forms
  • signposting to job opportunities
  • advice on training options and courses available locally.

The services, which are tailored specifically to each individual, make a positive contribution to Nottingham City Homes’ and Nottingham Jobs’ joint aim of supporting as many city residents as possible into work or training, thereby reducing NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures for the city and promoting social mobility in Nottingham and across the local region.

As well as the Next Steps programme, NCH’s 27,000 residents can use the services of the NCH Tenant Academy, an initiative that offers a variety of courses, some of which lead to accredited qualifications.

Nearly 5000 people have already been helped into work or training by Nottingham Jobs in the past year alone, including 900 who have started apprenticeships and 800 going into work after being unemployed.

George Pashley, Nottingham City Homes’ Company Secretary, said: “We’re very pleased to have Nottingham Jobs working with us on Next Steps and to be accessing their proven expertise in helping people into jobs and training. We encourage all our residents to take full advantage of the great opportunities on offer.”

Residents interested in participating in the Next Steps employment support programme should register their interest by completing the form on the Nottingham City Homes website.

Nottingham Jobs is the City Council's employment and skills brokerage service, providing specialist support to employers and job seekers in Nottingham and its neighbourhoods. It is delivered in partnership with the DWP, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment and community and neighbourhood organisations, with funding from the European Social Investment Fund.

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