The 100x3 Campaign, launched by Stephen Lloyd MP to help local long term unemployed people, has helped create 33 new placements, with six major local employers signed up to the initiative in the last week alone.
Mr Lloyd said, “The whole thrust of 100x3 New Year, New beginnings – 100 work experience for 100 hours in 100 days – is to help people who have been out of work for a while to get back into employment. To give them a leg up. It’s very much a glass half full campaign; doing things the Eastbourne way, by helping our neighbours and community who are out of work to help themselves. The response from local businesses and organisations has been nothing short of incredible. I really am proud of our town for its strong sense of mutual support and determination to pull together. I’m sure it’s the key reason we have come through the recession so successfully!”
Mrs Lee Hawkins, manager of Eastbourne’s Jobcentre Plus, added, “I am delighted with what the campaign has already achieved. These placements provide our jobseekers with the opportunity to build their confidence in the workplace, whilst gaining new skills and experience which they can use to improve their CV and their chance of finding work. Local employers are absolutely key to this campaign and it is great that so many have offered their support.”
Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief of the Herald, said, “I am really supportive of this initiative as it’s all about helping local people break the unemployment cycle. I know just how hard it can be, so the Herald is not only supporting 100 x 3 I’ve also told Stephen that we will sign up and offer a work placement as well. See our updated Roll of Honour and the new employers who have signed up to the MP’s work experience initiative.”
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