Sharron is back to work

THE economic climate may seem bleak at the moment - but one Kirkby woman has managed to secure employment after getting involved in a back to work club.

Sharron Quinn (46) took part in a new self-help work club programme in Ashfield to help boost her employability skills.

Now other jobseekers in the area are being urged to go to one of the groups - set up to offer employment advice and support in Kirkby and Sutton.

The work clubs began in June and run from 10am-noon on Tuesdays at Kirkby Library and on Thursdays at Sutton Library.

The idea behind the scheme is for folk to attend the clubs to support each other in finding employment opportunities, developing skills and planning sessions that meet the needs of the group

Nottinghamshire County Council has invested £25,000 to set up work clubs across the county in partnership with Self-Help Nottingham.

After attending both Ashfield clubs, Sharron was offered a customer service position at Pedragon at Sherwood Business Park in Annesley.

The firm is the largest independent operator of franchised motor car dealerships in the UK.

She said: “The work clubs have been really useful to help keep morale up and getting to papers and internet access to help find job opportunities.

“Attending the clubs was also rewarding as I was able to help other people with computer issues and advice on getting a job.”

Sharron’s new role involves arranging MOT tests for customers using the company’s Evan Halshaw outlets.

Firms in Ashfield are also being encouraged to support the clubs by offering work experience or mentoring opportunities and making folk aware of vacancies.

Any firms who are able to sponsor the clubs to help fund running costs, stationery and refreshments should contact the council.

Coun Keith Girling, deputy cabinet member for culture and community with responsibility for economic development, said: “Unemployment can be a very lonely experience so these work clubs help bring together people in the same situation for support and to help develop each other’s skills.

“These clubs are very much about giving unemployed people the chance to share their knowledge and experiences of looking for work and the local job market to give them a better chance of securing employment.”

l For details contact 0115 9772042 or email trish.adams@nottscc.gov.uk.