A PROJECT is being launched in Keighley aimed at helping people into work.

The initiative is designed to give those who are currently jobless the skills and confidence needed to find suitable employment.

Spearheading the venture is Keighley Town Council, in partnership with Craven College.

As part of the Keighley Works project, people will be offered free access to a range of practical and educational resources and support ­– including focused training courses, work placements and accredited volunteering opportunities.

Tailored help will be provided by a new town council trio of community key workers – Helen Bannister, Chris Corkindale and Sarah Barnes.

“Between them they bring a wealth of community development and personal skills training experience to the project,” said a spokesman.

“Helen has been involved in community development projects in the Bradford, Craven, Selby and York areas, whilst Chris has a long history of working in Keighley and has an in-depth knowledge of its development and the current issues affecting the community.

“Sarah is Keighley Town Council’s project worker, with extensive experience of supporting people-led action in local communities.

“Together they are working hard to establish important links with potential employers, local groups, community centres and service providers so that the project can be rolled out across Keighley.”

Keighley Works is open to anyone living in the area who is over 19, not in paid work, in receipt of benefits and has lived in the UK for three years or more.

The project is part of the Keighley Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Initiative – and is partly financed through European structural and investment funds.

“It’s an exciting initiative that is all about helping people to help themselves,” said the spokesman.

“Anyone who might be interested in joining us should call or text/WhatsApp on 07719 960466 or email projects@craven-college.ac.uk.”

There are five European structural and investment funds.

Their aim is to boost jobs and create “a sustainable and healthy” European economy and environment.

Focus areas include research and innovation, digital technologies, and supporting a low-carbon economy and small businesses.