The council's Employment Links Team won 2 accolades at the recent Greater Manchester Skills for Employment Awards, at a ceremony organised by the Growth Company.
The Employment Links Partnership helps get unemployed people in the borough ready for work by providing free support for job hunters and companies looking for staff, including access to training and interview preparation.
'Project to get women into logistics was singled out for special praise'
Among the work singled out for praise at the ceremony was a project to help get women into logistics.
Statistics released earlier this year by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills showed that less than a quarter of the 1.5 million people working in the logistics industry in the UK are women.
To help tackle this in Rochdale, a borough with a large logistics sector, Employment Links worked with local training provider Mantra, to deliver the crucial level one warehouse training course part-time, to fit around things like the school run, and provided transport to and from the training centre. Over 60% of those trained through the initiative have already secured a job.
'Initiative to help with communication skills has led to a number of residents taking up formal English qualifications'
Another initiative which was highlighted by the judges is a project designed to help tackle social isolation and improve English and communication skills within the borough's Asian community. The majority of participants involved in the scheme, which was delivered through children's centres and schools, are now undertaking formal qualifications to improve their English language skills.
The 2nd award was won by Jill Simpson, an adviser at Employment Links, for contribution of the year, which highlighted several of her achievements, including the women into logistics project and her work across children's centres. Val Careswell, also an Employment Links adviser, was also shortlisted in the 'Contribution of the Year' category.
Councillor Peter Williams, Cabinet Member for Skills and Employment, said: "Employment Links does fantastic work across the borough. The work the team do makes a really positive difference to the lives of our residents and their families and I'm proud that the impact they make each and every day has been recognised in this way. The team at Employment Links, along with people who have worked with them to get into work, should be really proud of themselves."
'Employment Links Partnership help people get into work, regardless of whether they receive benefits'
Residents who are out of work and think they could benefit from advice from the Employment Links Partnership can contact them on 01706 646 471. People don't need to be in receipt of benefits to get help. The Partnership can also support employers who would like help with recruitment, by working with them to find appropriate candidates and creating tailored training and interview packages.