Job club set up in Wymondham to help young people find work
13:46 03 January 2013
Young people out of work in the Wymondham area are to be given help to find a job, training and build their careers.
The free Wymondham Job Club is the first of four to be opened across the district.
In South Norfolk, 5.8pc of young men, and 3.3pc of young women are unemployed.
The highest areas of concentrated unemployment in South Norfolk are Wymondham, Costessey, Diss and Loddon.
The move is being supported by South Norfolk Council as part of a £2m investment in community services.
Wymondham Job Club launches on Wednesday 23 January at the town Library at 1.30pm.
Young people aged 16-25 who are unemployed or are in part time jobs are invited to attend and start the process of finding the help they need.
After that, the club opens from 1.30pm to 3.30pm every Wednesday at the same venue.
Martin Wilby, deputy leader of South Norfolk Council and cabinet member for communities and localism said: “Everyone on our five Neighbourhood Boards knows how tough it is for young people. Every Board made young people one of their priorities for the substantial investment we are making to enhance services.
“While all around us seem to be cutting back, we are enhancing services and giving local people a say. That has put us ahead of many councils in the country during these tough times.
“This job club will be the first of five and will offer young people the skills they need to increase their chances of breaking into the job market, getting into training or building their career.”
A qualified youth worker from South Norfolk Council will be at the official launch, joined by The Princes Trust, Matthew Project, Norfolk County Council Children in Need Team, South Norfolk Council’s Volunteering Opportunities team, its Housing and Advice and Business Skills Clinic team as well as the Kick Start initiative which helps provide young people with mopeds to get to jobs and training.
There will be advice on writing CVs, job applications and covering letters, finding training, plus computer and internet access, business start-up guidance, advice on training courses and apprenticeships.
South Norfolk Council is also offering free transport to the club and bus ticket refunds, as well as free refreshments.
Michael Edney, who represents Wicklewood and is chairman of the Tiffey Valley Neighbourhood Board said: “We are removing barriers to attending because this isn’t just for Wymondham young people. Soon the Council will open similar job clubs in the remaining four neighbourhood board areas to reach many other young people.
“Young people in South Norfolk want to work, move on in their careers and train. They are resourceful, intelligent and capable of starting and building successful businesses.
“We are here to support and help young people, and give them the confidence to get hired.”
For those wanting to attend who live on a bus route to Wymondham, the council will refund their fare to get to the job club.
Those living elsewhere in South Norfolk should call the Council on 01508 533934 to arrange transport.
The council has also set up a special webpage on its site - to find out more, visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/jobclub