Job plan to build on rural economy

Job-seekers in rural areas are set to benefit from new plans by Breckland council. The Economic Prosperity Strategy is geared toward rural communities and the difficulties they face in areas such as employment, skills and education.

Job-seekers in rural areas are set to benefit from new plans by Breckland council.

The Economic Prosperity Strategy is geared toward rural communities and the difficulties they face in areas such as employment, skills and education.

Breckland Council approved the adoption of the strategy alongside plans to aid new businesses starting up in the area - for which the council has allocated £119,000.

The two initiatives discussed at the meeting last week are designed to drive forward Breckland's economy, particularly in rural areas.

The Learning and Skills Council, which tries to re-skill people in both rural areas to open up new avenues of employment, has already admitted that the service it was providing in this district was “inappropriate”.

Earl Cathcart said: “We need to generate jobs but we also need to encourage people in their aspirations. We need to encourage people to raise their expectations of what they could do when they're still at school.”

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It is hoped that adoption of this strategy by Breckland council will enable them to identify and act on these issues in the district.