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A bright first year for Future Bright

Future Bright, the £4m skills programme managed by the West of England Combined Authority, has had a successful first year, helping local people with career advice, training and support.

Dedicated teams of career progression coaches from Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils work with participants one-to-one to develop the skills, increase their income and progress in their career. Employer engagement officers are also working with local businesses to develop the workforce and employment practices they need to grow and compete.

Future Bright is open to all local residents in paid work and receiving in-work benefits or tax credits and we look forward to supporting many more people this year.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles met some of the local residents who have benefited from Future Bright.  Tim heard from five participants who shared their experiences and talked about how the support from Future Bright and their career progression coach had helped them.

Nicola shared his story, explaining how she was struggling to juggle her career with raising her son.  Future Bright has helped her to access more childcare support and develop her career.

Jade, who runs a business that supports young people in St Paul’s to get practical work experience to improve their job prospects, has grown her business thanks to the help and support of her Future Bright coach.

Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “It’s clear that this West of England programme is already making a big difference and is helping participants achieve their potential. The work participants like Jake and Jade have been doing, with the help and support of their coaches, means they are on the right path to securing a better future for themselves and their families.”

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