New scheme will offer help for those looking for work and training in Wells

People looking for work and training in Wells are to be offered help with the formation of a new work club.

Norfolk County Council is launching the free club, at Wells Children's Centre, on Monday November 7 and will hold weekly meetings for job seekers and those needing advice on how to improve their CVs and interview techniques.

Job Centre Plus staff will also be on hand to offer advice and assistance once a month.

Those living in the area are being asked to sign up to the programme, which will give them information on local vacancies, support to apply for jobs; access to mini courses, advice and guidance on training and qualifications, information from local colleges and links to information on setting up a business and working from home.

Members will be able to share their experiences, support one another and set goals for each week. The club will also include special events such as job fairs, career talks, mock interviews, CV workshops and volunteering opportunities.

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The children's centre supports more than 340 children under five and their families and already provides links to Job Centre Plus and the county council's Adult Education Service, who run a Skills for Life course from the centre.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'Children's centres are aimed at supporting the needs of families with the youngest children, helping them to access advice on childcare, parenting and work.

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'The new Work Club will help support those looking for work, by developing their skills, supporting them to find vacancies and help giving them and their children more security. We are committed to raising the aspirations of children and adults across the county and schemes like this give families and the local community the support they need to aim high.'

Marie Strong, county councillor for Wells, said: 'Wells Children's Centre is valued by the local community and this new work club will come as a further boost, helping people to access employment by working together and receiving one to one support.

'Many people in the area are employed in seasonal businesses and it can be difficult to access training because of the rural nature of the area.I welcome the creation of this club and I hope people locally will make use of the advice and help that is on offer.'

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