Bedford Borough Council Jobs Hub Funding to continue Image: tumsasedgars AdobeStock_132016503

Funding from ‘Community Programme Priorities’ reserve

The Jobs Hub, on Greyfriars, provides career advice and guidance to people of all ages who live in Bedford Borough to find work, training and apprenticeships. This can include helping job seekers find a job, gain new skills, or change careers.

In 2018/19 it supported over 600 people get a new job, and since 2012 over 2,200 people have been helped to move into employment.

The Jobs Hub helps people in various ways. For example, interview advice which helped one woman change her career from waitressing and join the Civil Service. Also, in another case, it helped a former member of the Armed Forces transition to civilian life and secure an engineering apprenticeship.

It has also supported over 90 businesses with their recruitment last year. By providing a central location for interviews, and promoting job vacancies and referring suitable candidates, the Jobs Hub saw over 500 local residents secure jobs at Whistl Pro, and at the new Peacocks store in the town centre.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

“The Jobs Hub was a pioneering new service which we introduced with partners to make a real difference for local people and businesses. It’s proven to be a fantastic resource for local residents looking for a new job or to develop new skills, and businesses looking for new employees.

“I am delighted that despite the financial pressure we continue to face, we have been able to secure the future of The Jobs Hubs for a further four years.”

This funding has come from the creation of a new £2.3million Reserve for ‘Community Programme Priorities’.