Scheme puts seven on road to employment

Staff from Gaist celebrate employment with director Mark Hyde and Coun John Jones.
Staff from Gaist celebrate employment with director Mark Hyde and Coun John Jones.
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Seven local people have been brought out of the Job Centre and into employment, thanks to a Council roads scheme.

The workers have been employed with surveying company, Gaist Solution, as other local authorities in the North West follow Blackpool Council’s pioneering project of road surveying and resurfacing.

Blackpool’s flagship scheme, Project 30, is replacing 40 miles of roads and footways throughout the town.

Its economic impact is also being felt as jobs are secured and created by the scheme.

Blackpool is now advising Stockport and Manchester councils who are copying the scheme.

To carry out the surveying work Gaist Solutions were selected to assess the condition of each road and as part of winning the contract, hired seven previously unemployed locals.

Jason James, 35, from Squires Gate, was one of the people employed thanks to the scheme. “I’m constantly learning new things. It’s very physical but makes you feel good.

“On sunny days, it’s glorious to be in the outdoors. I now feel much more settled and it has inspired me to go further and improve my life.”

Blackpool cabinet member Coun John Jones said: “What some people might not be aware of is the big economic impact this is having on businesses and individuals in Blackpool. Companies are securing vital contracts as part of the work and local people are being brought into employment from it too.”

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