Rushden Lakes, the new shopping and leisure destination for Northamptonshire, is launching a recruitment programme to support local unemployed people back into work. The free service, Recruit Rushden Lakes, will connect a talented local workforce with new jobs in the area.
Recruit Rushden Lakes will operate in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and is being funded by The Crown Estate, owner of Rushden Lakes. The new service will provide training and support to help local unemployed people gain employment.
On Friday 26 May, Recruit Rushden Lakes will host a Jobs and Skills Fair at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden, from 10am to 4pm. The free event will bring employers, job-seekers and employment support services together under one roof. Local people are encouraged to attend and register their interest, meet prospective employers in person, and access skills workshops or advice sessions hosted by Jobcentre Plus.
The Recruit Rushden Lakes workplace coordinator will provide ongoing support for candidates, including workshops, training programmes and one-to-one workplace mentoring. The workplace coordinator will also work with employers and agencies to match local jobseekers to vacancies, and deliver skilled, job-ready candidates.
Faheem Qureshi, head of employment generation at The Crown Estate, said: “We want Rushden Lakes to be a brilliant place for people to shop, spend time and to work. With our recruitment programme we are implementing a proven model, one that we has been successful in London and other locations around the UK in helping unemployed people get back into work. There is huge support for Rushden Lakes and excitement about the opportunities for the area, our aim is to further enhance the positive impact Rushden Lakes has with the local community and on the local economy.”
The Crown Estate launched its first recruitment programme in 2009, with Recruit London, to help unemployed Londoners get jobs with employers in the West End. Over the last eight years, Recruit London has helped more than 1,500 people get into work in London. The programme has since been successfully established in three further locations around the country – Leicester, Worcester and Exeter – with more programmes to follow later this year.