New Work Club set up at Leighton’s library

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A new Work Club for adults who are looking for jobs, training, further learning or volunteering has launched in Leighton Buzzard.

The free club, run by Voluntary and Community Action in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, has qualified advisers at every session to help with job searches, preparing a CV or job application, interview preparation, and exploring career options or volunteering as a way of getting into work, changing career or developing skills and interests.

The Work Club has opened at Leighton Buzzard Library (First Floor Meeting Room) every Tuesday afternoon (1pm to 3pm ) and every Thursday (9.30am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm).

John Gelder, Director, Voluntary and Community Action, said: “We have been enabling residents to access work, training and volunteering through our popular employment support courses and the Volunteer Centre for some years. The Work Clubs now enable us to provide on-going support to those who need additional help or who simply want somewhere where they can undertake their job search activities.”

The programme runs until August 2015 and is funded as part of an extra £1.4m in European Social Fund (ESF) money.

It means that the employment and training programme that the council developed in 2007 using £4.9m of European Funding will be able to continue and grow up until 2015.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration and Business, said: “We want to continue to improve the lives of those living and working in Central Bedfordshire and Work Clubs are just one of the many ways we are supporting adults who are out of work.”

“In the first half of the current ESF programme, the council smashed national averages for outcomes from the funding.

“An external evaluation found that nearly half of adult participants progressed into employment compared to the national average figure of 15 per cent.

“This extra £1.4m means that we can continue to give funding to programmes like this, through to 2015, that makes a very real difference to people’s lives.”

For more information contact Jo Divney or Vicki Drummond at Voluntary and Community Action on 01525 850559, email workclubs@action-centralbeds.org.uk or visit their website: www.action-centralbeds.org.uk.

Further information is also available on Central Bedfordshire Council’s website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/adult-learning/work-skills.aspx