Junior Community Career Club

This project aims to meet the needs of 16 - 24 year olds in the cluster who are actively seeking employment and require additional support to secure a position We provide work related support packages for the unemployed and those on benefits to actively assist job seekers in finding employment and improving their employability by increasing access to resources, advice and support that help them to:

  • find vacancies,
  • present themselves effectively in writing and in person,
  • have the required skills for selection
  • have appropriate work experience.

This intervention is targeted at young people within the cluster who are currently economically inactive with either no work experience or very little. Participation in the Career Club is entirely voluntary and does not affect anyone’s benefit entitlements
Listed below are some activities and projects that we will deliver:

  • CV workshops – one-to-one sessions from JCP referrals and drop-in enquiries.
  • Interview skills – preparing individuals for the interview environment
  • Job Club – general job searches, advice and guidance
  • Digital Inclusion - Access to an IT suite with IT support (e.g. setting up email accounts, shopping online, social media)
  • Basic IT

We will target this intervention specifically for the identified customer group focussing on building first CV’s then sessions such as interview skills, training courses (many of which will lead to accreditation) will be aimed specifically at this age group.

The career club will be delivered in community venues across the cluster, including at Merthyr Vale, Treharris and Bedlinog. At these venues job seekers will have access to IT facilities to conduct job searches and research, to send emails, access career advice, be assisted in creating a CV, identifying further training needs, business start-up and finding work based learning placements.

The career club will also offer workshops facilitated by trainers helping with interview skills, creating power point presentations, developing a career path, public speaking, crash courses in computer literacy and so on.

Each job seeker will be invited to complete a baseline assessment and identify needs to access employment. The project will allow for individual training and acquisition of accredited qualifications if these are identified as barriers preventing the job seeker from gaining an advertised post. Examples to date have included acquiring a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, Safety and Environment test, Security industry authority licence and so on.

We will help the job seeker to find work placements, work experience or volunteering opportunities in work places to gain experience or help with career direction and choices.

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