Eleven young people in the district have found work thanks to help from South Kirkby’s SESKU Academy.
In the past three months the academy, at Burntwood Community Centre, has helped the youngsters find jobs through the Big Lottery-funded Talent Match scheme.
Adam Redfearn, senior manager, said: “We have identified that we’re on the third generation of unemployment in this area.
“Therefore we have been delivering many different qualifications which have increased people’s chances of finding work.”
The five-year Talent Match project aims to provide work experience placements and create jobs for young people aged 18 to 24 who have been out of work for a year or more.
The centre has also helped three adults find employment through its Training 2 Employment scheme. The project supports adults into employment by developing new skills and qualifications which increase their chances of finding work.
Richard Jones, 52, of South Kirkby, who was out of work for 15 months is now employed in the construction industry.
He said: “Without SESKU Academy’s support I would still be out of work now.
“They couldn’t do enough for me, they paid for me get my qualifications.”
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