However, a number of pre-employment training courses are designed to boost the job and training prospects of Merseyside residents. For example, Regenerus ran the first Steps Into Sustainable Employment programme in Sefton.
This course – funded by the Government’s Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities initiative – helped participants to build their confidence and self-esteem, challenge any concerns they had and plan for future success in the jobs market.
A separate Regenerus programme – Sew Good – gave residents the opportunity to learn sewing and dressmaking skills to put them in a better position to find work.
The initial free course – which provided two days of training a week for six months – was run with the help of a £50,000 grant from the Skills Funding Agency’s Community Learning Innovation Fund.