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Incommunities’ employability team wins Queen’s Award

Yorkshire-based housing association Incommunities has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its work with local residents providing skills development, training and career opportunities.

The employability team – who provide free support to jobseekers in the Bradford District – have been recognised in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category.

The category recognises organisations that have supported people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds in improving their job skills and their chances of finding work.

Incommunities is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and one of only 18 winners in the Promoting Opportunity category.

The employability team provide advice on finding job vacancies, writing effective CVs, completing job applications, interview skills and in-work support.

The team also help identify appropriate skills and qualifications for users, offer free online maths and English courses, and work alongside a partnership network of community centres and with local employers to find the right recruits.

The service has adapted to lockdown restrictions, with virtual open days connecting advisors with job seekers and support provided by email, telephone and virtual meetings.

Julie Stanworth, Employability Manager, Incommunities, said:

“The team creates opportunities for social mobility by helping provide people with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to gain sustainable employment or upskill to a new role. I am proud the team’s efforts in supporting local residents have been recognised by this prestigious award.”

Bradford Employment Hub, co-delivered by the employability team, is part funded by the European Social Fund and is supported by Bradford Council and Leeds City Region partners.

Bradford Employment Hub supports residents aged 18+ plus who are currently unemployed and live in the Bradford District. For more information or support contact the team on and 01274 257788. See more at: