We recently celebrated the success of 21 local people at a certificate presentation on 15 March at Community Works Community Project. The participants, majority women, successfully completed the level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, funded through PERS in December 2017 and January 2018. The demand for such courses has been phenomenal with a handful of women securing employment at local schools as a direct result of attending the course and gaining an appropriate qualification. Some have adventured further and are working towards setting up their own business from home, supported by PERS, a Bradford based project funded by the Big Lottery. It’s been fantastic to see women grow and flourish, through regular support and carefully selected interventions put in place.
The partnership between Community Works Community Project and PERS has proved to be a great model in working together to enhance the skills and confidence of the local community to strive and achieve their potential. This approach has proved to be fruitful as we continue to support a number of businesses; Bina’s meal deal, Ariana sweeti and Kauser’s delights amongst many more within the area.
PERS is a registered charity, working towards supporting people in setting up a business from home, providing free information, advice and support to Bradford residents. So far the project has supported over a 100 businesses and the demand for such support is growing with a huge number of people considering working from home on a self-employed basis. PERS also delivers a range of accredited skill based and business-related courses to develop skills and confidence of Bradford residents, enabling them to either pursue a career in the relevant field or enter further education. So far over 400 people have accessed the training with a growing demand for more training in construction and holistic therapies.
Community Works is a registered charity working in the Otley Road and Undercliffe area of Bradford and aims to equip people with skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to enable them to meet their needs and discover new solutions. Working together with children, young people, adults and older people to encourage routes to improve life chances. Approximately 500 people a week come through their doors to access a wide range of different opportunities, including helping many of the successful candidates with their employment applications and ultimately to secure employment. Sometimes this process has taken many years as a person’s confidence increases along with their skill set.
For further information or support please contact one of the PERS Business Support Consultants on 01924 428032.