One-stop-shop for local jobseekers

JOB seekers will be given extra help to get into work from a new Morpeth advice service.

The one-stop job shop has been set up by Castle Morpeth Disability Association after it secured £34,000 of funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Project.

The scheme, which is based at the group’s offices in Shields Road, Stobhill, offers guidance on applying for jobs up to interview stage, with help with job searches, writing and uploading CVs for websites and preparing for interview.

Drop-in sessions will be available to help jobseekers go through their options, search for suitable vacancies and find help to fill in application forms.

Project Development Officer Sara Parker said: “At the job shop we offer the whole package — working with jobseekers to do job searches to match candidates with the types of role they are seeking, help in the preparation of professional CVs, application forms and preparing for interviews.

“We even undertake role play to help people get familiar with the interview process and make recommendations to people as to how to boost their chances of getting an interview. Often the hardest part of getting your foot in the door is to know what the interviewer is wanting from you and how to match your own life experiences to the job.

“We are even able to offer training sessions for business administration or customer service, which are designed for people who have not been in employment for a period of time.”

County councillor for the area Ian Lindley has given his support to the initiative.

He said: “The idea behind this job shop is not just to help local people into employment, but also to benefit both their mental and physical health.

“By helping people find employment, we are ultimately helping them achieve better health and increased quality of life. I hope all goes well and that Castle Morpeth Disability Association goes from strength to strength.”

The sessions are open to anyone aged 16 and over living in the Morpeth, Blyth and Stakeford areas.

To make an appointment call 01670 519575.