Northamptonshire firms asked to take on 500 unemployed

Job Centre Plus pic 3''File photo dated 21/01/09 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus in Bristol. The number of 16 to 24 year olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has increased fourfold since before the recession, at huge cost to the UK economy, according to a report. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 2, 2010. Young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for a year or longer jumped from 5,840 in 2008 to more than 25,800 this year, a study by the Prince's Trust and RBS found. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Job Centre Plus pic 3''File photo dated 21/01/09 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus in Bristol. The number of 16 to 24 year olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has increased fourfold since before the recession, at huge cost to the UK economy, according to a report. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 2, 2010. Young people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for a year or longer jumped from 5,840 in 2008 to more than 25,800 this year, a study by the Prince's Trust and RBS found. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
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More than 120 businesses from across the county will discuss how to create job opportunities for the unemployed this Friday.

Employers network Work Inspiration Northamptonshire (WIN) will ask businesses to offer 500 genuine work opportunities to jobseekers across the county at the Plan 500 conference at the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton, from 1.30pm to 4pm.

At least 126 county firms have signed up for the conference, which will include a speech by John Timpson, of key cutting and shoe repairing business Timpson’s, which employs staff based on personality rather than history and qualifications.

Mel Chappell, of Job Centre Plus (JCP), will talk about looking for work in the county, Sajeeda Rose, of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), will speak on how businesses can continue their success and Carlo Cardinale, owner of Northampton hair salon Outcast, will tell businesses what they can do to help.

WIN’s first jobseeker event Successorize at the Guildhall, Northampton, in March saw 47 of the 83 jobseekers who attended leave the uneployment register.

WIN is a voluntary network of employers and organisations based in Northamptonshire, founded by Paul Griffiths, CEO of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, and Paul Beesley, formerly a senior manager of the Nationwide building society.

Its members include NEP, JCP, Tresham College and a number of privately owned businesses.

Plan 500 is WIN’s response to tackling unemployment in the county by creating 500 opportunities within the workplace by 2013. The project aims to enable county businesses and public sector representatives to engage with jobseekers of all ages, offering either a route to employment or enhancing their employability.

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