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Stafford Work Clubs

Tue 11 Apr 2017

Support Staffordshire  has received funding from the  European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, under a programme called Building Better Opportunities, which is led by Business Enterprise Support in Stafford and South Staffordshire to run two additional work clubs in Stafford. A successful work club has been run jointly by Support Staffordshire and Stafford & Rural Homes (SARH)  at Stafford Library on a Monday morning 10am to 12pm since December 2015. Now Support Staffordshire is joining SARH at their work clubs based at Holmcroft Community Library on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm and Rising Brook Community Library on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm to enhance the support available.

The work clubs are open every week to offer support with registering on Job Seekers Allowance, constructing or refreshing a CV, searching for jobs online, completing application forms and much more – including access to training courses and volunteering opportunities to increase skill levels.

In the 5 months from October 2016 to February 2017 there have been 27 people who have taken advantage of the support at Stafford Library Work Club. Between them they have notched up 216 applications for jobs, resulting in 11 interviews and 4 job offers. In addition participants have gained new skills and grown in confidence, enhancing their chances of getting a job in the future.

Rob Arnold, Employability Officer for Support Staffordshire said: "It's tough out there for people who are looking for employment but work clubs can make a real difference to their chances.”