Job skills boost for unemployed people

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Unemployed people looking to gain employment are invited to ‘drop in’ to employment and training job clubs taking place across the borough.

There will be 20 job clubs dedicated to giving residents the skills and support they need to get back into employment. They are taking place in local community centres, children’s centres or libraries, supporting 22 neighbourhoods in Milton Keynes.

No appointment is necessary, sessions are free of charge and guidance and support are tailored to the needs of the individual through impartial advisors who can offer information on CV preparation and interview skills, applying for a job online, access to literacy or numeracy skills, training courses, job opportunities with local employers, local volunteering opportunities to boost confidence and taking formal qualifications.

The job clubs are part of the Neighbourhood Employment Programme (NEP) which aims to provide a ‘welfare to work’ style service to unemployed adults who are on means tested benefits.

To find out when and where your local employment and job club is taking place, click here

One attendee said: “I particularly want to thank you because you were a real help to me during my unemployed period, with your sound advice and practical help. It was you that helped me access the numerous courses and qualifications. You offer a great service, I have had help with completing job application forms and Interviewing Skills - this really helped my confidence. I finally got a job and what’s particularly heart warming is that it’s a proper job and locally based.”

Councillor David Hopkins, cabinet member for Economic Development and Enterprise at MKC, said: ”The job clubs are a great opportunity to empower communities to help themselves and get back into employment.

“I urge those who are unemployed or struggling to find a job to drop in and take advantage of the free, one to one impartial advice and support on offer. This maybe a first step to building confidence, finding out about training courses and qualifications or finding a job even before they are formally advertised.“

The NEP is managed by Adult Continuing Education (ACE) to support the Council’s delivery of regeneration in Milton Keynes in partnership with MK College, JC+, Nextstep and various Voluntary and Community organisations such as Community Action:MK, Maybe Magazine and Women and Work.