PLANS to boost Selsey’s employment opportunities will go before Chichester District Council’s cabinet today (October 8).
Cabinet members will decide whether to allocate a council-owned high-street shop in Selsey, to the new ‘Selsey Works’ project.
The building will be used as a hub for job-seekers in the town to get advice and rent desk space for new businesses.
It will even contain a pop-up shop to allow businesses to try out their ventures in a retail setting.
The cabinet must agree to lease the building to Selsey Town Council, which has obtained funding to cover the costs for 18 months.
As part of the project there is also £50,000 funding for the project from central government, which will go towards helping people get into work and training, opening up work placement opportunities, and to help grow businesses in the town.
A report set to go before the cabinet said there were 550 micro-businesses in Selsey which might benefit from this hub, and this did not include ‘hobby’ businesses, of which there may be significantly more.
The targets of the project include getting 600 people to ‘overcome barriers to employment’, to engage half of those in training, to assist ten per cent of them into work, to open up 50 work placement opportunities, and to help 15 new businesses grow in the town over the next 18 months.