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Work Club gets the thumbs up from Kay

Job Search ConceptAs part of the Allenton Big Local Profile Review, we’ve been talking to people who have used the Work Club at Allen Park to find out what they think about the service on offer.

The Work Club is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Derby Adult Learning. It is held every Monday (except bank holidays) between 10am and 3.30pm at the Allen Park Centre.

Someone who has used the Work Club successfully in the past is Allenton Big Local’s very own Kay Kennedy. Kay is a local resident and, since April 2018, she has also worked as the Plan Co-ordinator for the Allenton Big Local project.

Kay said: “Yes, I was a member of the Allen Park Work Club. I used to go along on Monday mornings and have a look on the computer to find out what jobs were available. The club helped me with my CV, job searches and getting my life organised around getting work.

“Because I have family commitments, I couldn’t work full-time and all the jobs I was coming across were for hours that I wasn’t able to do. I applied for a few of the jobs anyway but, when I was offered an interview and I explained about my availability, the employers told me that those hours wouldn’t work for them.

“Chris Walker at the Work Club knew about my time constraints and what hours I was able to work. It was Chris who pointed out the Allenton Big Local vacancy to me. He said: ‘This job would be perfect for you, Kay. You should apply.’ So I did! The Work Club gave me advice on how I should carry myself out at the interview and that helped me feel less nervous.”

“The advisors at the Work Club are really friendly and helpful. They put you at ease and give you confidence in yourself. In fact, everyone who uses the Work Club is helpful and friendly. They talk to each other, encourage each other, and support each other with things like IT.

“Being part of the Work Club worked out well for me and I’d definitely recommend it to others.”

We asked Kay what difference working for Allenton Big Local had made to her life. She said: “I now have an outside focus that isn’t just about my children or inside my house. I get to spend time around other adults, which is what I needed. The job gives me a sense of well-being and satisfaction. I love my job. I really do.”

And Kay is not the only person who has endorsed the benefits of the Work Club. Take a look at these comments from other residents who have used the service:
“I have attended an ECDL computing course here in Allenton, which was arranged through the Work Club. This was a really convenient venue because it meant that I didn’t have to spend money on bus fares getting to a course in town.”
“The Work Club in Allenton makes finding and applying for jobs much easier and there is always lots of information available. Using the computers here is a lot better than having to use my phone.”
If you’re looking for a job or want to improve your career prospects, visit the Work Club at the Allen Park Centre (next to Allenton Library) on Mondays between 10am and 3.30pm.

Interview success for Work Club members

1934839The Work Club continues to offer support to an average of 12 people every Monday at Allen Park. The club is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Derby Adult Learning and offers a range of support to job seekers and those looking to improve their career prospects.

Chris, who runs the Work Club, said: “Most of the people drop in and stay for around an hour. They take part in a mixture of self-directed job search, mediated help to apply for jobs and information and guidance.”

During the last quarter of 2017, some of the longer term job seekers managed to find employment, including a gentleman who had suffered anxiety and lack of confidence for some time. With help and perseverance he has managed to secure a permanent position at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.   Continue reading Interview success for Work Club members

A helping hand for job seekers

AllenParkCentreAllenton Big Local funds a Job Club at the Allen Park Centre in Allenton, which is run by Derby Adult Learning Service and held every Monday between 9.30am and 4pm (except for Bank Holidays).

Since September 2016, the club has been run by Chris who is a fully, qualified Careers Advisor and part of the Careers@Derby team with many year’s experience of working with job seekers in community settings and job centres, as well as at the Careers@Derby Centre in Curzon Street.   Continue reading A helping hand for job seekers

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How one job seeker volunteered to help others

The Allenton Big Local funded Job Club at Allen Park, delivered by Derby Adult Learning, is continuing to grow. On average, 14 people attend the club each week with a high proportion from the Allenton Big Local area.

The atmosphere within the Job Club is very friendly and the users help each other and share information about job opportunities. There is also a noticeboard in the centre’s reception area where current job vacancies are displayed and updated on a regular basis. Continue reading How one job seeker volunteered to help others

The Work Club at Allenton

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. Continue reading The Work Club at Allenton

Work Club is here to help

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: Continue reading Work Club is here to help

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Paul gets help from the Work Club

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. Continue reading Paul gets help from the Work Club

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Let the Work Club help you succeed

Job seekers in Allenton are attending job interviews after receiving help at the Work Club.

The club, which is supported by Allenton Big Local and delivered by the Derby Adult Learning Service, runs on Mondays (except bank holidays) between 10am and 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm at the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street, next to Allenton Library. It provides free access to computers and the internet, opportunities to gain new qualifications, and support to help you create a CV, improve your interview techniques, and develop presentation skills.

One attendee said: “The Work Club is a useful way to start your CV and future work life. The tutors are patient and helpful and always make me feel welcome.”

Read how the Work Club helped John

John is 18 and from Allenton. After leaving school he joined a Motor Vehicle course at Derby College but, for various reasons, wasn’t able to complete the course. He then began to study Retail and Fashion at college but quickly realised he wasn’t enjoying the course and decided it wasn’t for him.

John did some voluntary work in a local charity shop for two months, but his aim was to get paid work and possibly some more qualifications. He started a traineeship through the Derby Adult Learning Service and came to the Club to get help with his CV. Once his CV was updated, he applied for an apprenticeship in Business Administration with Derby City Council and was successful.

John said: “I was initially unsure about going along to the Job Club, but they offered opportunities that allowed me to improve my CV. When I look back I realise the value of the experience I got from the traineeship and the help at the Job Club. I’m now an apprentice, where I get paid for the work I do and gain further qualifications.”

Letters spelling the word job laid on a keyboard

Join the work club

Letters spelling the word job laid on a keyboard

If you’re a job seeker living in the Allenton area, you can now get extra help and support with your job search by joining the Work Club.

The club, which is supported by Allenton Big Local and delivered by the Derby Adult Learning Service, runs on Mondays (except bank holidays) between 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm at the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street, next to Allenton Library.

The club provides free access to computers and the internet, which you can use to search and apply for jobs online or to log on to the Universal Jobmatch service. You will also receive support to help you create a CV, improve your interview techniques, and develop your presentation skills.

The club also provides opportunities to complete a variety of qualification courses that will teach you new skills that could increase your chances of getting a job.

“The Work Club is a really useful way to start your CV and future work life.”

“The tutors are very patient and helpful and make me feel very welcome.”

If you’re interested in joining the Work Club, you don’t need to book a place. All you have to do is drop in to the Allen Park Centre on Allen Street in Allenton any time between 10am and 12.30pm or 1pm to 3.30pm any Monday (except bank holidays).

For more information about the Work Club, call 01332 642300 or email enquiries@derbyals.org or download the flyer here.