Nottingham Jobs has had a busy start to the year, with over 1800 calls and texts to the team from local jobseekers and employers leading to more than 500 people finding work.

These results come after a major marketing campaign by Nottingham City Council with partner Futures to help make people aware of the support they can access through Nottingham Jobs, and encourage them to get in touch.

Nottingham Jobs help local people access intensive careers support, including workshops and training, careers mentors and financial help to cover a suit and travel to interviews.

The team also advises local businesses on the special support they can receive from Nottingham City Council – including grants to help them create an apprenticeship or new vacancy to employ local people.

And the results speak for themselves – Nottingham Jobs has helped 508 people (including 134 apprenticeships and 374 jobs) into employment so far this year.

In January, Nottingham Jobs won an international fdi intelligence award recognising the fantastic support it gives to local businesses.

In February, Futures Advice – which is jointly owned by Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County councils, and provides the specialist careers advice as part of the Nottingham Jobs initiative – was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Nottingham North Jobs Fair, which took place on Friday 3 March, had over 1000 attendees – double the number who came along in 2016.

And over 300 applications were received for 50 apprenticeship roles at Nottingham City Council, across teams including Highways, Legal and HR. Twenty five apprentices have so far been appointed.

Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, said “We’re proud to see Nottingham Jobs is having great success getting local people into employment.

“It’s the result of continued hard work from the Nottingham City Council, Futures and DWP partnership. Doing things differently is having a real impact and we’re focused on supporting Nottingham people on the path towards a more prosperous future.

“One of our top priorities as a council is working with existing local businesses as well as attracting new investment and jobs to the city, then making sure Nottingham residents have first access to those employment and training opportunities.”

Twenty-year-old Leon, from Bilborough, who is an apprentice Web Support Officer at Nottingham City Council, said: “When I left Bluecoat Academy, I decided to join the army, but my mum suggested looking at apprenticeships in the meantime.

“I went to see Nottingham Jobs advisors, and they matched me up with an apprenticeship at the council. I had my interview and found out what kind of things I’d be working on. I love my job – I am always learning new skills.”