The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has announced the appointment of Louise Jackson who will join the team as Community Employment and Enterprise Coach.

Having worked in the third sector for more than a decade, Louise will provide employment and skills support to residents in South Yorkshire with a particular focus on the Dearne Valley. Becoming a mentor, she will support individuals that are out of work to overcome barriers to employment and help them realise their aspirations.

Louise will also forge networking opportunities within the community and develop links with organisations that can offer specialist services such as debt, housing advice and mental health to address the many complex issues that can prevent a person taking up work.

Louise comments: “I knew the Coalfields Regeneration Trust from my time working in the Welfare to Work Sector and was aware of the great programmes they deliver. I was excited to apply for a position with an organisation who understood the local social and labour market needs and that hold shared values to achieving the best for individuals and the community.”

“It’s a breath of fresh air to work for an organisation who is forward thinking. There is a great sense of balance between how each programme complements and works together with each other. The organisation adapts and flexibly meets local economic climate changes to inject resource and services that actually work within each diverse community.” 

With extensive experience in the charity sector, Louise has worked with young people on the Big Lottery Funded Talent Match project and adults on the Building Better Opportunities and Doing Good Business project. She has also worked on the Work Programme for Welfare to Work, as well as with various training providers, colleges and youth housing on the pastoral, welfare and safeguarding teams.

Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock, comments: “We are very excited to welcome Louise to the team. Not only does she understand the ongoing complexities and challenges to working in this market but she has a really empathy with the people who need some additional support.  

“Louise has some fantastic ideas and will be a huge asset to the Trust. We hope that residents that need her support and guidance will come forward and make best use of the services and sign posting she is offering.”