A project designed to help people in Fenland get the skills they need to become work ready and back into employment has been awarded £50,000 by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP.

Luminus Ferry Project, based in Wisbech,  secured funding for a second year from the LEP’s Prize Challenge – a £1 million fund designed to get those furthest from the workplace work ready and into employment.

Having already run the project for a year, thanks to a grant of £40,000 from the LEP Prize Challenge Fund, the team had to pitch for second round funding based on their successes to date. In 2016 Luminus Ferry Project helped 928 unemployed people with their search for employment, of these people, 580 became work ready, and 147 found jobs. Were certain that they could help even more in 2017 with the additional funding.

Claire Higgins, Board Member of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, said:

Luminus Ferry Project has delivered solid results over the last year thanks to their in-depth understanding of the needs of the local community and the inspirational face to face support they provide. The Job Café helps to develop the skills of local people seeking work, at the same time as providing support and a real confidence boost to those who visit them. We are therefore really delighted to award them a further £50,000 to ensure the Job Café continues to run throughout 2017.”

Keith Smith, Director of Luminus Ferry Project said:

Luminus Ferry Project is delighted to have been awarded funding by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP to continue the Job Café in Wisbech. Luminus Ferry Project aims to reduce Worklessness as part of our 2020 Vision: The Road to Renewal.

Having a job is a major step along that road and this year the Job Café and annual Job Fair have supported 928 unemployed people with 147 of them finding work. It is encouraging that the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP recognises the great work we have done and wants to help us to do even more. This is another demonstration of great partnership working between the public and voluntary sectors.”

Luminus Ferry Project, in Wisbech, will use the funding to continue to run its successful Job Café with a regular programme of speakers and activities designed to help people return to work. Those attending the clubs will receive tailored support, including transportation and specialist ESOL qualifications where required, and help to connect those seeking work with local employers.

The Job Café takes place every Friday from 10am to 12noon at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech and is free for people to attend. You can find out more by calling 01945 581444 or visit www.queenmarycentre.co.uk.