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Councils in action: South Northamptonshire Council

Adrian Colwell
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Adrian Colwell: ‘This economic package has contributed to the highest rate of employment in the UK’

South Northamptonshire Council’s economic development team has introduced one new employment initiative each year since 2010 and now has an employment portfolio comprising SNC Job Clubs (2010), SNC Job Match Services (2011), SNC Chairman’s Youth Employment Initiative (2012) and SNC Enterprise Club (2013). 

This economic package has contributed to the highest rate of employment in the UK, and the third lowest rate of unemployment at 0.9%.

However, there is still local demand for support from the long-term unemployed, young people and those looking to change their employment. 

In three-and-a-half years the portfolio has cost the council £31,500, equating to an investment of £171 per jobseeker placed, contributing to a saving of £673,000 in Jobseeker’s Allowance or £1.66m saved in getting adults back to work, based on an average three-month turnaround.

The SNC Job Clubs and Job Match Service have supported 185 people into work by teaming up with specialist partners and local businesses that provide free, impartial and confidential advice, support and mentoring.

We also provide a one-to-one matching for jobseekers and businesses, a money advice service, redundancy support, rural job clubs, workshops and travel-to-interview schemes.

Our Chairman’s Youth Employment Initiative supports young people into employment through work placements, work experience and apprenticeships.

More than 200 local business and 300 young people have been encouraged to take on or become an apprentice.

The SNC Enterprise Club operates out of the weekly Job Club and Job Match Services and aims to enable anyone considering setting up in business to access support and advice.

More than 40 clients have received one-to-one support and 21 entrepreneurs are being coached and mentored in their plans.

Adrian Colwell, head of strategic planning and the economy, South Northamptonshire Council

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