City fathers finds jobs for 200 unemployed on their doorstep

PUBLISHED: 19:05 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

A THREE-year door to door' campaign to get people on the dole back into jobs has just completed its three-year run. Volunteers running the Spitalfields Employment' project who have been carrying out doorstep outreach' support have found jobs for 200 unemployed

A THREE-year door to door’ campaign to get people on the dole back into jobs has just completed its three-year run finding jobs for 200 unemployed in Londons depressed East End.

Volunteers running the Spitalfields Employment’ project have been carrying out doorstep outreach’ support to individuals struggling to find work in the area which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

The £400,000 project begun in January, 2006, paid for by the City Corporation and the Spitalfields Development Group, has found jobs for 200 people. Another 260 have been found places on skill courses.

It was the largest grant-funded project in the City’s economic regeneration programme for its neighbouring boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, one of 30 schemes focussing on City fringe’ neighbourhoods like Spitalfields and Whitechapel.

The project was run for the Corporation by Access to Employment & Training, a charity with a track record of getting to hard-to-reach individuals by door knocking’ and speaking to the unemployed on their own doorstep.

Each round of door-knocking identified between 40 and 60 interested people, out of which around 10 took part in the courses.

Around four out of 10 have found work in retail and customer service, nearly a third in administration and the rest in finance, IT, transport, security and childcare.

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