A NETWORK of new work clubs are set to open across the region to provide help and support for local jobseekers.
The clubs, part of the government's Big Society programme, will give people the chance to meet local employers and get their advice on interview techniques, CVs and even volunteering opportunities.
Jobcentre Plus has a clear role in activating interest in the development of a network of community-based Work Clubs.
Jan Thirlaway, customer service director for Jobcentre Plus in the region, believes many organisations will look to support the Work Clubs.
“Research shows that the best way to find another job is through friends, family or social networks, which is why we are working with our partners to help set up a series of Work Clubs in the North East,” she said.
“Work Clubs will encourage people to swap ideas and meet guest speakers, including local businesses, about opportunities in their area.
"Several North East businesses have already offered to attend these sessions at Work Clubs and I'm very keen to find other local employers who can commit an hour or so of their time. Hearing first hand from the experts can be invaluable for those seeking work in their local community.”
Any employer interested in finding out more about Work Clubs in their community and how they can become involved, should contact Deborah Parmley on 01670 395274.