`Migrants vital to fill job vacancies in South Cheshire’

Cheshire East Council ensuring workforce is welcomed

29th December 2009: The contribution of the immigrants to the economy again came to the fore with council leaders claiming the arrival of foreign migrants into South Cheshire was vital to fill job vacancies.

Available information indicates the council bosses decided to take steps after two recruitment agencies were compelled to travel to Poland for filling up the job vacancies in Crewe and Nantwich.

Subsequently, the authority decided to establish the Cheshire East Migrant Project (CEMP). It has been set up with Home Office funding and the service; and the Cheshire East Council is now ensuring the workforce is welcomed and properly integrated into the community.

Employers needed the boost up of migrant workers to fill job vacancies in the towns, and CEMP was planned to make sure their skills allowed them to settle into their new jobs and community and integrate effectively with local people, says Councillor David Brown.

It is believed the culture of Crewe in particular has been undergoing a change with thousands of former eastern bloc migrants working there after their countries joined the EU in 2004.

Elaborating, Brown says without this service, the migrant workers in Crewe and Nantwich may have felt isolated because of a lack of language skills or difference in culture.

Brown says they are confident on the grant of more funding to the project to continue with its good work.

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