Job clubs aim to help the unemployed

MP Phil Wilson cuts the cake to launch the new Community Job Club at Gully House, Gully Road, Wingate.
MP Phil Wilson cuts the cake to launch the new Community Job Club at Gully House, Gully Road, Wingate.
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A new job club initiative has been launched to help people to improve their employment prospects.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson attended an official ceremony to launch one of nine new Community Job Clubs in East Durham.

The event was held at Gully House in Wingate and was also attended by officials from Durham County Council and the local Area Action Partnership, who are supporting the majority of the venues.

Managed by East Durham Trust, the Community Job Clubs are based in local venues and provide the unemployed with more accessible alternative to National Government-funded initiatives such as the Work Programme. Funded by East Durham Area Action Partnership the job clubs have already helped a number of people into work despite being in existence only a matter of weeks.

Staff and volunteers are on hand to provide support ranging from online job searches to CV production and interview techniques.

Chief executive of East Durham Trust, Malcolm Fallow said: “We are delighted with the early successes that the job clubs have produced and we see this project as a vital response in an area of continued high need.”