Work Club

AllenParkCentreAllenton Big Local funds the Work Club at Allenton as part of our Creating Opportunities for Training and Employment priority. The club aims to reduce the barriers that job seekers face in gaining employment and offers support in the form of free access to computers, telephones and stationery, training in the use of Universal Job Match, coaching and support for individual job search, evidence of job search activity to meet Job Centre Plus requirements for those claiming Job Seekers Allowance, and opportunities to meet other job seekers.

Certificate of Achievement from the Festival of LearningAllenton Big Local has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Learning and Work Institute follow our nomination for a Festival of Learning Award.

We were nominated for the award by Derby Adult Learning in recognition of the way we have  prioritised training, employment and life skills and the variety of projects we have funded to meet these priorities – through the Work Club, the bursary scheme, and healthy eating classes for families.

WorkClubThe Work Club continues to offer support and encouragement for people from the Allenton area who wish to find a job or improve their career.

The Work Club is run by Derby Adult Learning service and is held on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) between 9.30am and 4pm at the Allen Park Centre (next to Allenton Library).

The support on offer from the Work Club can help to reduce some of the barriers that you may be facing in your search for work. Drop in on Mondays to use any of the facilities on offer, which include:

Paul was referred to the Work Club by his Job Centre Plus Advisor after being made redundant from his job as a mechanical fitter. His IT capability was low, he didn’t have a current CV and being made redundant had affected his confidence in his own abilities.

Chris at the Allenton Work Club was able to work with Paul to create a CV that enabled him to market his skills and knowledge effectively, which also increased his confidence.

Terry joined the Work Club in Allenton on the advice of Job Centre Plus and Careers@Derby advisors. The Work Club allowed him to get additional support in his job search – and because the club was located close to where he lived, he didn’t have to pay any bus fares to get there.

Terry had previously worked as a fork lift truck driver in warehousing, but for the last 10 years he’d been a full-time carer. During that time, he lost confidence and he didn’t have the IT skills he needed to apply for jobs online. As is often the case in this line of work, the fork lift truck licences that Terry had gained were retained by his old employer. He was applying for work in warehousing but getting nowhere as he didn’t have a current fork lift truck licence and couldn’t afford a course.

The Work Club at Allen Park, which is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Derby Adult Learning Service continues to offer support and advice for Allenton residents who are looking for work.

Fabiola Hernandez, 43, first came to the Allen Park Work Club seeking advice and support to help her gain the skills she needed to get back into work. Fabiola once had a successful career in the cruise line industry, doing various roles including waiting tables, working as a casino cashier, and as a casino assistant manager on a cruise ship. After settling in this country and raising a family, Fabiola would now like to get back into employment. She has two children who attend school in the Allenton area.