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New task group will help job hunters

Residents in Penkside are being offered a helping hand to step onto the careers ladder.

A new employment opportunities task group has been set up to help job hunters gain the skills needed to impress employers.

The task group is setting up a jobs club that will provide courses on CV writing, interview skills, effective job searching, presentation skills and basic IT over the next six months.

They are also looking at providing courses such as basic health and safety, health and hygiene and an introduction to care work.

The task group is a partnership of Stafford and Rural Homes, Stafford Works, Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire and District Voluntary Services, Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service and Job Centre Plus.

Chris Plant, Community Involvement Manager with Stafford and Rural Homes, said: “We want this to be community focused, with residents shaping what services we deliver and where.

“It will offer support and skills to help people compete in a tough jobs market.”

The task group is one of four set up under the Penkside Project, which is about finding out what the community needs and wants in the area.

The Penkside Project is made up of community members and various agencies including Stafford Borough Council (SBC), Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Staffordshire County Council (SCC), Staffordshire District Voluntary Services (SDVS), South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), and Jobcentre Plus.

Penkside is one of three wards chosen from the whole of Staffordshire to benefit from funding that has been made available from Learning To Deliver to help improve the area and address any inequalities such as health and well-being of children and families and access to employment.

For more information about the task group please contact Chris Plant at SARH on 0800 111 4554.

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