A SOLIHULL club created to help people find work is celebrating its fourth birthday.
Appropriately called Job Club, founder Maggie Throup has seen it grow and develop, helping nearly 200 people get back into work in the process.
“Research shows that the best way to find another job is through friends, family or social networks,” said Maggie.
“The club has helped people expand their network of contacts and at the same time acted as a valuable support group.”
Run by volunteers and meeting on a weekly basis, Maggie’s job club provides practical advice on CVs and interviews. Members are encouraged to share in each other’s job-hunting and career experiences and encourage each other in the quest for a new job.
John Barker was made redundant after 24 years and a successful career. He said: “After a month of desperate CV writing and signing up with a vast number of websites and agencies I was getting no joy.
“I heard about Solihull Job Club and went along with no idea what it was all about.
“From the start Maggie and her team made me welcome.
“There was help on CV writing, application forms, interview techniques as well as visits from local employers from financial companies through to the local NHS.
“I always left feeling re-motivated. I know that most other members felt the same.”
Another beneficiary, Tom Delaney said: “The group of volunteers really motivated me to continue my search for work.
“Through their advice and support, I managed to secure the job that I have been in for the past nine months.”
The club is primarily for Solihull residents and is recognised as part of the Government’s Work Club programme by the Department of Work and Pension.
It meets every Monday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the John Palmer Hall, Union Road, Solihull B91 3DA. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07798 582 398.