Unemployed people are being urged to take advantage of the wide range of advice and support on offer in Tamworth to help them find work.
Earlier this year, a number of organisations came together to form the Employment Action Group ? working together to provide help and support for people seeking work and to meet their needs.
Organisations involved in the Employment Action Group include Tamworth Borough Council, SouthStaffordshireCollege, the Careers Service, Staffordshire County Council, Business Development Service, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Bromford Housing Group.
The group meets regularly and works together to make sure practical help for unemployed people is available in the town centre and communities where it is needed. Many of the services operate in the Community Hubs in Amington, Belgrave, Glascote and Stonydelph, as well as the town centre.
Help available for unemployed people looking for work includes job clubs, IT training sessions, basic skills courses, vocational skills training, careers guidance and workshops for people hoping to start up their own business.
Registering with Job Centre plus should be the first step and people will be referred to appropriate support and government programmes.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Enterprise, said, ?By working together, organisations from across the area are helping people find work but just as importantly, letting them know what support, advice and training is out there.?
He added, ?The borough council is pleased to be able to play a role in this vital work of helping people to find work and giving them the skills needed for employment.?
The agencies and services listed below provide additional support offered by partners in the Employment Action Group. More information on these services is available on the Tamworth Borough Council website.
Job and Work Clubs
Bromford Housing, Stonydelph Work Club at the ARCH, Craven, Stonydelph, 2pm to 4pm (starts again January 10 2013). Call 01827 893732 (weekdays 8am to 5pm).
Staffordshire Library Service, Town Centre Job Club at Tamworth Library, 10am to 12noon. Computer use and IT help and guidance from IT Buddies. Books on careers, CVS, interview techniques, etc. 01827 475645 (weekdays 9am-6pm).
Community Caf?, Amington Job Club at the ARCH, Kerria Centre, Amington, 1pm to 3pm. Tel 07794 049312.
Community Caf?, Belgrave Job Club at the Community Hub, Belgrave Fire Station, 1pm to 3pm. Tel 07794 049312.
Other Advice and Support
Family Employment Initiative
One to One advice and support for job search. Supporting clients with a barrier, not on the work programme;
IB ? ESA ? JSA 18-24 year (under 9 months)? JSA 25 years+ (under 12 months). Tel 01782 618906 (weekdays 9am-5pm).
National Career Service
Career Guidance services. Career planning, job search guidance and support with barriers to finding work and signposting to specialist help, one-to-one face to face and group work, job search help, employability skills; CV writing/interview/applications, career planning. Appointments available Monday ?Friday, 9-5pm. ?Call 024 7670 7470 (direct) or Freephone 0800 100900.
Business Development Service Ltd?? Tamworth4Business
Business Awareness Workshops ? how to plan and set up your own business. Supported by one-to-one advice clinics for those who want to know more or need specific advice or ideas. 01827 709575 (weekdays 9am-5pm).
South Staffordshire College
Offers a range of courses and support to assist people to gain the appropriate skills to assist in their search for work. Call Community Education 01827 304337.