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An ESF project in the UK is helping jobseekers to invest in a personal skills portfolio

People in the town of Tamworth in the UK are getting the opportunity to make a new kind of long-term investment through the Tamworth Employability Bank. In this new scheme jobseekers and others can build a recorded portfolio of skills and experience that can be used to impress potential employers. Each participant commits to taking part in at least two of the activities on offer, for example short courses on CV writing or interview skills, or workshops on customer service skills and front line management.

They can also invest in work experience placements in sectors such as business administration or catering. “We are very excited in opening Tamworth’s employability bank,” said project leader Lee Bates, “Along with many key partners we are committed to improving the job prospects of residents”.