Why is there a huge unemployment problem in the UK, yet there are so many job vacancies? A big issue is that people don't have the skills needed to do the jobs available.
The Luton Employability Training Skills (LETS) Hubs is here to bridge that gap and offer people that are unemployed and looking for work a real chance at bettering their future.
A job offers more than just a wage, it increases an individual’s self-esteem and gives them some positive to focus on and work towards.
The LETS Hub offers free support, guidance and training for anyone who is trying to get back into work or find a job for the first time. Individuals spend 12 weeks with the team and receive intensive support to ensure they have as many skills as possible to increase their chances of finding a job. Services include sessions about how to write a CV or improve your confidence in an interview, maths and English refresher courses, one to one support in how to fill out an application form.
Unemployment is a real issue and Luton has one of the highest unemployment rates in the UK, with 4,700 people who are unemployed and 5,600 people who are economically inactive but want to work. This rate is even higher in the Luton BAME community at 8.2%, over twice that of the 3.8% national average.
A lot of research has gone into the economic and social cost of unemployment and it all concludes that high unemployment rates in an area lead to increased isolation, increased crime rates, poorer mental and physical health, higher poverty, increased debt and a higher rate of homelessness. It also has a negative knock on effect, because people spend less money locally which then impacts other businesses and entire areas become deprived.
The LETS Hub has helped hundreds of people in the past, but only via referrals from partnering organisations. We now want to extend the project so that anyone who wants to access the services can and they don't need a referral. In order to offer this to people in need for free, we need to raise funds!
We are very grateful to have secured £30,000 towards the project for this year but we need to raise an additional £5000 by April to be able to launch the project to the public.
So we are asking people to consider donating £5 of their hard earned cash to help other people secure themselves and their families a better future by finding a job!
Any donation you can make will help the LETS Hub support people desperately looking to improve their prospects. Thank you :-)