An event to help businesses in Medway create jobs and tackle unemployment is being held next week.

The conference, which will take place at the Corn Exchange, Rochester on Thursday, 16 February, is aimed at letting local businesses know about the range of free employment services on offer to them.

Funded by the EU SUCCES project, the event will see representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors from across Europe discuss employment and skills initiatives for the future.

Also present will be residents who have found their way back into work, thanks to the range of council run services based at the Employ Medway Advice Centre, Chatham.

The council offers a range of services to help create jobs and apprenticeships in the area, including the GAPS initiative – which provides subsidies to medium and small businesses looking to recruit apprentices.

GAPS offers £2,000 towards the overall wage/training costs of employing an apprentice, as long as your business fits certain criteria.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty who will open the event, said: “We must ensure we tackle unemployment in Medway and the tough effects of the recession by working closely with our partners in supporting local people to find jobs and training opportunities.

“This event is all about letting businesses know what free support is on offer to them and hearing from people who have been helped to find work in Medway.”

For more information on the Medway Council-run GAPS scheme, please contact GAPS Project Officer Catherine Lepage on 01634 334348 or by email at

For more information on the SUCCES project and the event itself, contact Jade Berry on 01634 338137 or by email on