Investment in Future Talent project to start in Aylsham

Just Regional
Jul 11, 2019 3 mins read

Broadland District Council is launching a project to deliver a new way of supporting local businesses and residents in rural areas, starting in Aylsham.

The Investment in Future Talent project aims to support up to eight businesses in Aylsham to offer periods of high quality, supported work experience to local people, thanks to a successful bid by Broadland District Council for LIFT (Local Investment in Future Talent) funding, awarded by the ESF (European Social Fund).

Businesses will have access to training in subjects such as management and recruitment practices to better support those who are currently out of work or wish to learn new skills and improve their job prospects. 

Residents who take up the challenge of a placement will be supported to improve their confidence and gain essential skills and experience that will help prepare them for the current world of work.

Who can benefit:

  • Small to medium businesses who want to improve their business skills
  • People who live in Aylsham who need help to get on the employment ladder. This can include:
    • People who know what field they would like to work in but need relevant experience to secure a job
    • People who have been out of work for some time
    • Anyone who needs an opportunity with a local employer to learn up to date skills and showcase what they are capable of doing.

Businesses that take part will benefit from training to consider growth opportunities and help them plan for their future development and sustainability. By providing access to the right opportunities locally, it is expected that the participants will find value in working and hopefully secure employment.

Julian Barnwell of Barnwell Print – who were the first company to join the project – said “Having been a major business in Aylsham and supporters of the local community for over a hundred years we are extremely proud to be giving local people the chance to get back into the workplace. This is a very exciting project to be involved with and we are looking forward to seeing the training and support that the participants will receive.”

Cllr Jo Copplestone, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Broadland District Council said: “We are delighted that the LIFT fund will enable us to further help businesses and residents in Aylsham to develop the right skills in order to support business and community needs. It is vital that we assist the rural economy to grow jobs and create opportunities for local people so that they are able to not only survive, but thrive in our ever evolving marketplace.”  For more information or to apply to take part in the project please contact Laura Smith, Economic Development Officer at Broadland District Council on 01603 430101 or

Julian Barnwell (Left) who has piloted the new Broadland District Council initiative.

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