Two months after the launch of Wakefield Works, 20 jobseekers have already found employment.
The scheme, which was born from two Wakefield businessmen’s drive to put something back into the community, will see employers open their doors and give advice, work experience, apprenticeships and even employment.
Around 40 companies and organisations have already agreed to take part in the event on Thursday October 4.
And with just less than two months before the event, Wakefield and District Housing has employed 20 people who will offer support to tenants during the government’s welfare reform changes.
Kevin Dodd, chief executive of Wakefield and District Housing, said: “We are committed to getting Wakefield working and we invest in the district as much as possible.
“The new employees will also benefit from additional training to develop their skills, helping them to secure future employment and establish careers.”
Jacqui Armitage, 39, from Wakefield, is one of the new employees after having been out of work for two years.
She said: “It’s been really great so far, I’m loving it. I didn’t think it would be possible to go from the job centre straight into an employment opportunity like this.”
Wakefield Works was conceived by Andy Turner, managing director of First Choice Recruitment, and Marcello Moccia, owner of Room:97 hairdressers and is being backed by the Wakefield Express.
The minimum requirement for an organisation to take part is that they must be able to offer a week’s work experience to the best person they see on the day.
But many businesses have already said that they are ready to invest more if the right person puts themselves forward, with some jobs and apprenticeships likely to be on offer.
The sectors being covered include public services, housing, retail, engineering, leisure, new media, hair and beauty, food, banking, construction and many more.
Any employer interested in taking part or wanting more information can visit the website at www.wake fieldworks.co.uk