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Work Club boost for Burntwood jobseekers

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The opening three-hour session at Burntwood Library attracted the first of what organisers hope will be a steady stream of jobseekers - young and old.

Experts from Lichfield District Council, Bromford Living, South Staffs College, Staffordshire Young People's Service and Juniper Training joined forces to offer advice on everything from training courses and volunteering, to interview techniques and refreshing CVs.

Burntwood Work Club has been developed and led by Bromford Living - part of Bromford Group, one of the leading providers of affordable housing in central England - and Lichfield District Council.

Michael Pritchard, neighbourhood investment manager for Bromford Living, said: "It's tough out there for people who are looking for employment - and work clubs can make a real difference to their chances.

"Research shows that the best way to find a job is through friends, family and other like-minded people. That's why a work club is so useful.

"Each session will help people to look for work by swapping ideas and talking to local business people and other guest speakers from the Burntwood area in a friendly and informal setting."

Work Club got a big thumbs-up from Cllr Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Community.

She urged jobseekers to try the fortnightly sessions, saying: "I hope local people who are out of work will take advantage of Burntwood Work Club. As well as finding out about jobs, there will also be information about volunteering, work experience and training opportunities. This is a great example of local partnership working, and I am sure it will prove to be a popular and useful community resource."

Jobseekers like Brian Skeen, a Bromford tenant from the Burntwood area, were equally enthusiastic. "Work Club is a great idea," said unemployed coach driver Brian, as the successful launch session came to an end on Tuesday, March 1.

"For some people it's not just about finding a job. Coming here can help people in lots of ways like building up confidence. As well as being able to get advice and support from the experts, it's so helpful to meet others looking for work and to share job hunting experiences."

Work Club will meet every other Tuesday in the library at Sankeys Corner, Bridge Cross Road, from 9am to noon. The next session is on Tuesday, March 15. If you want to find out more about Burntwood Work Club, attend or find out how you or your company could get involved, contact Michael Pritchard on 01543 420848.