Leading businesses in south Manchester have been called upon to support local people and community causes by a new network that will boost growth and create new jobs.
The Employment, Training & Communities (ETC) has been initiated by affordable housing contractor Wates Living Space, Manchester City Council’s South Regeneration team and Southway Housing Trust.
Businesses in Didsbury, Chorlton, Whalley Range, Withington, Fallowfield, Burnage and Levenshulme are being encouraged by the initiative to employ local people who are currently out of work or looking for training into a new career path.
Companies which sign up to the scheme can attend quarterly events with key themes and guest speakers. They will also have the opportunity to work in partnership and network with other organisations on community engagement programmes and share knowledge, expertise and good practice with support from major stakeholders in south Manchester.
During the launch event, the founding companies showcased what they have already achieved under the scheme such as helping 130 south Manchester tenants receive training in the construction sector.
In addition, 86 people being supported into work through a range of initiatives and assisting community organisations access £78,000 to run services to help residents find employment.
Lee Sale, Regional Director for Wates Living Space, said: “We’re really pleased to be launching the ETC scheme in partnership with Manchester City Council and Southway Housing Trust.
“There are currently over 10,000 people looking for work in south Manchester and we’re hopeful this scheme will take big strides in helping people into employment or training and encouraging volunteers to take part in local good causes. We thoroughly recommend businesses in south Manchester sign up to this progressive cause.”
Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Joining the ETC network is the perfect way for businesses in south Manchester to expand their professional networks, while also enhancing their links with their local community.
“Working together, we can help create new employment and training opportunities for local people, while making sure that businesses are finding the right recruits to help them grow.”