Employment centre with a difference receives grand make-over
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities, Education
An employment centre that helps Scarborough residents find work in the borough has reopened, thanks to local contractors.
Housing and regeneration specialists Keepmoat and Kebbell Homes, which make up K2 Regeneration, have worked in partnership with housing and care provider Sanctuary Group to provide gap funding for the Scarborough Job Match centre based on the High Street in Eastfield.
The centre helps local unemployed people to find training and employment opportunities and connects employers seeking skilled and qualified staff with people who are unemployed or looking to go back to work.
Now the centre has undergone a full refurbishment, thanks to K2 Regeneration, which has seen it transformed into a state-of-the-art drop-in centre.
The Scarborough Job Match service is supported by Scarborough Borough Council and Groundwork North Yorkshire and operates from the centre, which has undergone extensive internal and external improvements.
As well as external painting and decorating and full branding, the inside of the centre now boasts two private interview rooms, a reception desk and fully furnished kitchen units.
The contractors refurbished the Job Match centre as part of their commitment to support local community initiatives and to help local people find work opportunities that may come as a result of the Middle Deepdale development project.
Since it was established, the Scarborough Job Match service has helped over 750 people find work and has provided advice and information to over 2,700 people. As well as local people that have benefitted from accessing the service, over 270 employers have successfully used the scheme to find employees.
Martin Smithurst, Managing Director for Keepmoat's Central region, said: “We are committed to working in partnership with other providers to support the development of employment and skills opportunities in the communities where we work. The Scarborough Job Match service is highly regarded, not only by local residents but also employers and K2 was more than happy to refurbish its centre on the high street.
“The staff that work at the centre provide an excellent service and are now able to deliver it from a virtually brand-new centre. I hope that many residents and employers can benefit from this.”
David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council Economic Development Manager, said: “We are now entering what is hopefully an exciting time for local people in terms of job growth and thanks to the support from K2 and its partners, Scarborough Job Match will help to maximise local opportunities for local people.”
Graham Ratcliffe, Director for Employment and Skills at Groundwork, added: “Thanks to the generosity and support provided, we see Scarborough Job Match playing a pivotal role in terms of brokering training, work placement and employment opportunities for local people within the major developments at Middle Deepdale and across the borough.”
K2 Regeneration is working on a major community development project in Middle Deepdale, north of Eastfield. Planning permission has been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council for a development that will see an area currently used as farmland, transformed over the next ten to 15 years into 1,350 new homes, an extra care complex, primary school, community hall, retail provision, footpaths, landscaping and open plan spaces.
Work on the first phase of the development, which includes a 60 apartment extra care complex and 30 family homes will commence soon. The project has received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and will be managed by Sanctuary Group. As part of phase one, Keepmoat and Kebbell Homes will also be developing 120 new homes for sale.
The organisations that are involved in working together to deliver the aspirations of Middle Deepdale include Keepmoat, Kebbell Homes, Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council and Sanctuary Group.