The Foundation recently funded Signpost to employ a part-time careers adviser at the voluntary run Work Club on the Craylands Estate, Basildon, with some very positive results.
Work Clubs give support to those who are out of work and try to get them back into the workplace as quickly as possible. Over 300 Work Clubs have been set up across the UK in the past two years and the Club at Craylands has been growing since it was officially launched in May 2012.
Over the last three months various training programmes have taken place at the Work Club. Members have applied for jobs and been encouraged to attend interviews. Over 60 new members have joined and 325 visitors have attended; creating 50 new CVs, 60 covering letters and 350 online job applications.
Among its many modules the “Learn to Earn” training programme coaches interview skills and confidence building. Organised by Adult Community Learning, 15
participants have successfully completed the programme.
During the latest telephone survey of Work Club attendees it was discovered that six people have gained paid employment in a variety of fields, such as cleaning, care assistance, staff nursing and retail management.