Bradford Council to spend £1.4million on Westfield retail job project

Work going on at the Westfield site

Work going on at the Westfield site

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Business Reporter

Funding to develop retailing job opportunities in conjunction with Westfield, which is building the £260 million Broadway shopping centre, has been announced by Bradford Council.

The local authority is investing a further £1.4 million into its highly regarded Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work and created more than 300 new job and apprenticeship roles by working with local employers.

The latest move will fund a new retail academy to work alongside Westfield and other existing retailers, Jobcentre Plus and various employment agencies.

It will aim to help ensure that people gain the right skills, attributes and qualifications for when the retailers start recruiting.

More than 2,000 jobs will be generated by the Broadway project being developed by Westfield and Meyer Bergman.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment, skills and culture, said: “The Council sees boosting employment for local people as a top priority which is why we have committed further funding to the scheme.”

The Get Bradford Working scheme includes initiatives such as the Routes into Work Fund, the Employment Opportunities Fund and an Apprenticeship Training Agency.

The £1.4 million will be allocated to the Routes into Work Fund which commissions employment and skills activities for some of the district’s most disadvantaged residents.

The Council is also seeking to prolong the Employment Opportunities Fund using external funding from Leeds City Region which will create additional jobs.

The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme and in so doing has levered in funding from other agencies amounting to £6.5m.

Labour is ready to bankroll Bradford’s pioneering ‘back to work’ scheme, convinced it is the best solution to high unemployment.

The Telegraph & Argus revealed recently that Labour has pledged to use the Bradford scheme as the basis for replacing the private sector-led Work Programme, because it is failing to find jobs for the “hardest to help”, if it wins the next election.

Instead, cash will be funnelled through local councils, or Local Enterprise Partnerships, which will organise job creation programmes for their areas.

Labour said the model will be the Council’s much-praised Get Bradford Working Employment Opportunities Fund which gives the young jobless a paid 12-month work placement.

At present, the £7.7m programme has to be funded by the cash-starved Council. Crucially, under Labour's plans, Whitehall would pay – allowing it to expand dramatically.

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7:11am Tue 4 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well.
Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well. Albion.
  • Score: 13

7:46am Tue 4 Mar 14

Whatthejuice says...

What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??
What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened?? Whatthejuice
  • Score: 15

7:53am Tue 4 Mar 14

Apollo says...

Let's throw more good money after bad. £1.4m on the areas most disadvantaged? The main disadvantage is not having a job (or wanting to work) how will throwing more money at the problem go any way to solving it?
Let's throw more good money after bad. £1.4m on the areas most disadvantaged? The main disadvantage is not having a job (or wanting to work) how will throwing more money at the problem go any way to solving it? Apollo
  • Score: 6

7:54am Tue 4 Mar 14

collos25 says...

The money spent is of no actual use except to build the egos of certain councilors.
The money spent is of no actual use except to build the egos of certain councilors. collos25
  • Score: 9

8:03am Tue 4 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Where do these 2000+ jobs come from what work are they for?
Surely most staff will come from the shops being closed and relocating in the centre.
Can't imagine the existing stores are going to be duplicated.
Where do these 2000+ jobs come from what work are they for? Surely most staff will come from the shops being closed and relocating in the centre. Can't imagine the existing stores are going to be duplicated. Joedavid
  • Score: 10

8:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme.

Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work.

Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.
The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme. Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work. Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 16

8:33am Tue 4 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

And now: a Party Political Broadcast by the Labour Party.....

"Labour is ready to bankroll Bradford’s pioneering ‘back to work’ scheme, convinced it is the best solution to high unemployment."
"Labour has pledged to use the Bradford scheme as the basis for replacing the private sector-led Work Programme"
"Labour said the model will be the Council’s much-praised Get Bradford Working Employment Opportunities Fund which gives the young jobless a paid 12-month work placement."
"...under Labour's plans, Whitehall would pay – allowing it to expand dramatically."


"Labour" aren't prepared to 'bankroll' this at all- they are prepared so spend £18k of OUR money to create each job!
And now: a Party Political Broadcast by the Labour Party..... "Labour is ready to bankroll Bradford’s pioneering ‘back to work’ scheme, convinced it is the best solution to high unemployment." "Labour has pledged to use the Bradford scheme as the basis for replacing the private sector-led Work Programme" "Labour said the model will be the Council’s much-praised Get Bradford Working Employment Opportunities Fund which gives the young jobless a paid 12-month work placement." "...under Labour's plans, Whitehall would pay – allowing it to expand dramatically." "Labour" aren't prepared to 'bankroll' this at all- they are prepared so spend £18k of OUR money to create each job! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 14

9:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

collos25 says...

I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow.
I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow. collos25
  • Score: 4

9:08am Tue 4 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

collos25 wrote:
I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow.
Soon be May.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Soon be May. Joedavid
  • Score: 9

9:46am Tue 4 Mar 14

dazp says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??
smart phones facebook and twitter thats whats happened
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??[/p][/quote]smart phones facebook and twitter thats whats happened dazp
  • Score: 8

10:08am Tue 4 Mar 14

justjustice says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??
1) Not many leave with those skills any more
2) Being in school makes you "overqualified" these day apparently, employers dont want to employ them.

I mean the second reason is discrimination, especially when you are a graduate, you cannot get a base job because employers dont want the time "training" you only to leave a couple months later when you may find a batter job.
How does this compare to employing someone who required more time training to do the basic of tasks, which they dont do well any way, only to leave for a different job? Or current employees who find a better paid job elsewhere?
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??[/p][/quote]1) Not many leave with those skills any more 2) Being in school makes you "overqualified" these day apparently, employers dont want to employ them. I mean the second reason is discrimination, especially when you are a graduate, you cannot get a base job because employers dont want the time "training" you only to leave a couple months later when you may find a batter job. How does this compare to employing someone who required more time training to do the basic of tasks, which they dont do well any way, only to leave for a different job? Or current employees who find a better paid job elsewhere? justjustice
  • Score: -1

10:25am Tue 4 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Anything that helps get kids off the unemployment line has to be a good thing. The idea that nothing can be done is ludicrous. Well done Bradford Council for trying to give young people from the district a goal in life and not having the soul destroying thought of a future on the dole.
Anything that helps get kids off the unemployment line has to be a good thing. The idea that nothing can be done is ludicrous. Well done Bradford Council for trying to give young people from the district a goal in life and not having the soul destroying thought of a future on the dole. bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

11:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Here speaks the voice of Bradford council,
Here speaks the voice of Bradford council, collos25
  • Score: -6

12:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

modman61 says...

Another waste of money!
Another waste of money! modman61
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Alex_Ross-Shaw says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??
Full employment stopped, that's what happened. Sadly the days of jobs for life in the factories are long gone. The floor for the minimum skills you need for jobs these days is only going to rise, being able to read and write wasn't a necessity in the old days and it is now. We have greater expectations - rightly so - and schools need to keep pace, not just with the UK market but also the global economy - e.g. graduates from abroad and so on. It's great we've got a scheme in Bradford that's at the cutting edge and is seeing real results. Let's celebrate it.
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: What are schools doing? In my day practically everyone left with the wit and social skills to get a job, what has happened??[/p][/quote]Full employment stopped, that's what happened. Sadly the days of jobs for life in the factories are long gone. The floor for the minimum skills you need for jobs these days is only going to rise, being able to read and write wasn't a necessity in the old days and it is now. We have greater expectations - rightly so - and schools need to keep pace, not just with the UK market but also the global economy - e.g. graduates from abroad and so on. It's great we've got a scheme in Bradford that's at the cutting edge and is seeing real results. Let's celebrate it. Alex_Ross-Shaw
  • Score: 2

1:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Alex_Ross-Shaw says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme.

Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work.

Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.
Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources.

When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too.

The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run.

It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme. Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work. Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.[/p][/quote]Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources. When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too. The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run. It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living? Alex_Ross-Shaw
  • Score: 9

1:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace. alive and awake
  • Score: -3

2:08pm Tue 4 Mar 14

OLDLAD says...

Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better.
Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better. OLDLAD
  • Score: 7

2:19pm Tue 4 Mar 14

basil fawlty says...

alive and awake wrote:
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.[/p][/quote]It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come. basil fawlty
  • Score: 5

3:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

basil fawlty wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.
I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.[/p][/quote]It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.[/p][/quote]I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already. alive and awake
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

alive and awake wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.
I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.
I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.[/p][/quote]It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.[/p][/quote]I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.[/p][/quote]I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for. alive and awake
  • Score: 6

4:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

Alex_Ross-Shaw wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme.

Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work.

Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.
Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources.

When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too.

The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run.

It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living?
What are these 'other sources' that the £6.5m has come from?

We seem to get an awful lot of stories regarding the council getting additional funding for things such as training, housing targets etc. that never used to exist but they always seem to be ignored when figures for the 'savage cuts' are mentioned.

Because of the childish party politics of Cllr Green and Co it's impossible to know how much money the council get from central government compared to 5 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Alex_Ross-Shaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme. Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work. Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.[/p][/quote]Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources. When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too. The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run. It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living?[/p][/quote]What are these 'other sources' that the £6.5m has come from? We seem to get an awful lot of stories regarding the council getting additional funding for things such as training, housing targets etc. that never used to exist but they always seem to be ignored when figures for the 'savage cuts' are mentioned. Because of the childish party politics of Cllr Green and Co it's impossible to know how much money the council get from central government compared to 5 years ago. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Apollo says...

2000 jobs at a completed Westfield my ar$e.

It will be nowhere near that number unless the majority are part time.
2000 jobs at a completed Westfield my ar$e. It will be nowhere near that number unless the majority are part time. Apollo
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

yezboss says...

Joedavid wrote:
collos25 wrote:
I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow.
Soon be May.
No shortage of money in Bradford Council, it''s got almost 100million stashed away.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: I thought this council was hard up they are throwing our money around as though there was no tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Soon be May.[/p][/quote]No shortage of money in Bradford Council, it''s got almost 100million stashed away. yezboss
  • Score: 1

7:12pm Tue 4 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

collos25 wrote:
Here speaks the voice of Bradford council,
ha ha...more witty repartee!!!!
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Here speaks the voice of Bradford council,[/p][/quote]ha ha...more witty repartee!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

7:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

allinittogether says...

alive and awake wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.
I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.
I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for.
What a revolting thing to say I can only pity the people who were unfortunate enough to work for you.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.[/p][/quote]It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.[/p][/quote]I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.[/p][/quote]I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for.[/p][/quote]What a revolting thing to say I can only pity the people who were unfortunate enough to work for you. allinittogether
  • Score: -3

8:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

Send all the Poles, Slavs,Portuguese and the rest of the recent migrants home and hey presto! jobs for all again.
Send all the Poles, Slavs,Portuguese and the rest of the recent migrants home and hey presto! jobs for all again. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Alex_Ross-Shaw says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better.
Part of the Get Bradford Working scheme is called Routes into Work and one of the focuses is on the Over 50s. Could you email me at alex.ross-shaw@bradf
ord.gov.uk and I'll put you in touch with someone and see if it is appropriate for you?
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better.[/p][/quote]Part of the Get Bradford Working scheme is called Routes into Work and one of the focuses is on the Over 50s. Could you email me at alex.ross-shaw@bradf ord.gov.uk and I'll put you in touch with someone and see if it is appropriate for you? Alex_Ross-Shaw
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Alex_Ross-Shaw says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Alex_Ross-Shaw wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme.

Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work.

Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.
Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources.

When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too.

The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run.

It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living?
What are these 'other sources' that the £6.5m has come from?

We seem to get an awful lot of stories regarding the council getting additional funding for things such as training, housing targets etc. that never used to exist but they always seem to be ignored when figures for the 'savage cuts' are mentioned.

Because of the childish party politics of Cllr Green and Co it's impossible to know how much money the council get from central government compared to 5 years ago.
I agree it is complicated due to the many streams of government funding, but it would be remiss of the council not to bid for these pots when they appear. Many pots can only be spent on specific things, so a one-off pot to reward us for being one of the best councils at bringing empty homes back into use has to be used for specific things. Another pot was the pinch road funding that came at short notice. We put a bid in and got the funding to sort out a punch point on canal road so its a huge win for the council.

So we're still exposed to the scale of the government cuts in other pots or our mainstream funding. They've cut over £200 million since 2010.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alex_Ross-Shaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The authority has already invested more than £10m into its Get Bradford Working scheme. Get Bradford Working programme, which has to date supported more than 550 unemployed people back into work. Based on these figures, thats over £18k per job found. Hardly what I would call a success.[/p][/quote]Bear in mind because of that Council-funding we've got another £6.5 million of funding from other sources. When we get someone off the dole, they're receiving fewer (or no) benefits and paying tax - so it's a double whammy in terms of value for money. It also helps businesses expand or at least maintain their existing level, which means more revenue from business rates too. The longer someone is out of work statistically the more likely they are to stay out of work, so getting them back into the jobs market as soon as possible saves money in the (sometimes very) long run. It's also good for the wellbeing of the people involved - where people want to work surely we should be helping them get on in life and earn a living?[/p][/quote]What are these 'other sources' that the £6.5m has come from? We seem to get an awful lot of stories regarding the council getting additional funding for things such as training, housing targets etc. that never used to exist but they always seem to be ignored when figures for the 'savage cuts' are mentioned. Because of the childish party politics of Cllr Green and Co it's impossible to know how much money the council get from central government compared to 5 years ago.[/p][/quote]I agree it is complicated due to the many streams of government funding, but it would be remiss of the council not to bid for these pots when they appear. Many pots can only be spent on specific things, so a one-off pot to reward us for being one of the best councils at bringing empty homes back into use has to be used for specific things. Another pot was the pinch road funding that came at short notice. We put a bid in and got the funding to sort out a punch point on canal road so its a huge win for the council. So we're still exposed to the scale of the government cuts in other pots or our mainstream funding. They've cut over £200 million since 2010. Alex_Ross-Shaw
  • Score: 1

9:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

allinittogether wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
basil fawlty wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.
It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.
I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.
I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for.
What a revolting thing to say I can only pity the people who were unfortunate enough to work for you.
How is a revolting thing to say? It's a fact get real. As for the people who were fortunate to work for me, well you would have to ask them, but they would walk on hot coals for me, and would not shirk at the odd 14 hour day, sometimes 7 days a week. they were well rewarded, and much appreciated. Nobody started work before me, and I was always last to leave, so a good work ethic went from top to bottom I don't recall anyone leaving other than retirement, and most were happy to work into their 70's. Even then they would call in weekly or more often to see us all.
The good old days.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This is yet another waste of our money. If retailers want staff they advertise and recruit, the new staff will require training in each of the Companies practices, so why is the Council wasting £1.4m of our money? I'd like to see a breakdown of the costs. Average council tax increases 0.6% Bradford increase almost 2% utter disgrace.[/p][/quote]It's an investment in young people that will pay for itself because by creating work placements we are getting people off the scrapheap and into meaningful employment that will hopefully generate money for the exchequer for years to come.[/p][/quote]I have been an employer, and never went looking on the scrapheap for staff, all the best staff are self motivating and more often than not in employment already.[/p][/quote]I also meant to say, worth paying a bit extra for.[/p][/quote]What a revolting thing to say I can only pity the people who were unfortunate enough to work for you.[/p][/quote]How is a revolting thing to say? It's a fact get real. As for the people who were fortunate to work for me, well you would have to ask them, but they would walk on hot coals for me, and would not shirk at the odd 14 hour day, sometimes 7 days a week. they were well rewarded, and much appreciated. Nobody started work before me, and I was always last to leave, so a good work ethic went from top to bottom I don't recall anyone leaving other than retirement, and most were happy to work into their 70's. Even then they would call in weekly or more often to see us all. The good old days. alive and awake
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11:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

CharleyVarrick says...

Albion. wrote:
Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well.
Get a life you sad sad person. All you seem to ever do is leave negative comments constantly. This one you've left at 07:11am!!! Get a life... Considering you left a comment some weeks backs about not living in Bradford why the blazes you come on here to spread your evil thoughts is beyond me.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well.[/p][/quote]Get a life you sad sad person. All you seem to ever do is leave negative comments constantly. This one you've left at 07:11am!!! Get a life... Considering you left a comment some weeks backs about not living in Bradford why the blazes you come on here to spread your evil thoughts is beyond me. CharleyVarrick
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11:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

Just been reading about this scheme. Bradford Council claims it's ATA schemes are apprenticeships. This is a lie. None of the advertised 'jobs' come with any formal training leading to a qualification. The 'jobs' a re full time for 12 months The highest wage for them is £3.50 an hour. The lowest is £2.68.

Bradford ATA is simply an employment agency acting as a go between.

A sham of a scheme and Bradford Labour mob are behind it. So much for the minimum wage and living wage and all their protests about employment schemes from the coalition.
Just been reading about this scheme. Bradford Council claims it's ATA schemes are apprenticeships. This is a lie. None of the advertised 'jobs' come with any formal training leading to a qualification. The 'jobs' a re full time for 12 months The highest wage for them is £3.50 an hour. The lowest is £2.68. Bradford ATA is simply an employment agency acting as a go between. A sham of a scheme and Bradford Labour mob are behind it. So much for the minimum wage and living wage and all their protests about employment schemes from the coalition. BierleyBoy
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11:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

CharleyVarrick says...

Albion. wrote:
Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well.
From what you've been writing regularly it seems you haven't been to Bradford for a very long time. You're just a sad little fooker sitting at home at 6am and 7am waking up first thing in the morning to leave your regular dose of worldly wisdom.

Sad little runt...
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Some of the existing shop staff in Bradford could do with a bit of training as well.[/p][/quote]From what you've been writing regularly it seems you haven't been to Bradford for a very long time. You're just a sad little fooker sitting at home at 6am and 7am waking up first thing in the morning to leave your regular dose of worldly wisdom. Sad little runt... CharleyVarrick
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1:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Outraged English Subject says...

;-)
;-) Outraged English Subject
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8:41am Mon 10 Mar 14

Andy2010 says...

Alex_Ross-Shaw wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better.
Part of the Get Bradford Working scheme is called Routes into Work and one of the focuses is on the Over 50s. Could you email me at alex.ross-shaw@bradf

ord.gov.uk and I'll put you in touch with someone and see if it is appropriate for you?
Or save yourself some time and just ring B&Q. They seem to be the only company employing anyone over 50
[quote][p][bold]Alex_Ross-Shaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: Had an interview, surprised them with my age, in 50s. Half way through interview was told they were really looking for an apprentice as they are cheaper to employ. What chance has anyone over 50 getting a job when no one is backing them up. Apprentices - cheaper labour who will know no better.[/p][/quote]Part of the Get Bradford Working scheme is called Routes into Work and one of the focuses is on the Over 50s. Could you email me at alex.ross-shaw@bradf ord.gov.uk and I'll put you in touch with someone and see if it is appropriate for you?[/p][/quote]Or save yourself some time and just ring B&Q. They seem to be the only company employing anyone over 50 Andy2010
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