Training charity aims to help job hunters get work in Christmas run-up

Groundwork staff prepare their new courses: L-r - Stewart Kelly, Employment and Skills Project Officer, Georgia Smith, Youth Employment and Skills Project Assistant, and Alex Burnett, Employment and Skills Project Officer.
Groundwork staff prepare their new courses: L-r - Stewart Kelly, Employment and Skills Project Officer, Georgia Smith, Youth Employment and Skills Project Assistant, and Alex Burnett, Employment and Skills Project Officer.

A charity in South Tyneside is laying the Groundwork for a bid to give job hunters an early Christmas bonus.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (Stan) is hosting a series of training courses – on customer service, retail and employability – aiming to supply residents with the skills they need to get a foot on the career path and secure seasonal work.

Most people who are unemployed and not in training will be eligible to take part and i hope they capitalise on this great opportunity.

Jennifer Jobson, Groundwork

The courses are being run as part of the organisation’s Youth, Employment and Skills Routeway, and are open to anyone not in employment, training or education.

They are being funded by South Tyneside Council and take place at Groundwork’s One Trinity Green business centre, in Eldon Street, South Shields, along with other locations in the borough.

Jennifer Jobson, Groundwork Stan’s youth, education and skills manager, says the course will be ideal for residents eager to bolster their CVs and get into work, in time for the busy festive period.

With some of the course lasting as little as two weeks – that leaves ample time to get into employment.

She said: “They are perfect for helping people get the skills they need to find work.

“Unfortunately, we can’t give people employment, but we can give them the training they need to be in a very strong position to get the jobs they apply for.

“Our retail course is ideal for people looking for seasonal Christmas work, and the others courses are equally beneficial.

“They are part-time, flexible, and can take as little as two weeks.

“There’s also the opportunity to stay on the programme and get a nationally-recognised qualification.

“Most people who are unemployed and not in training will be eligible to take part, and I hope they capitalise on this great opportunity.”

Up to 15 places are available for each of the three courses, which will be taught by Groundwork Stan’s experienced tutors.

More information is available by contacting Groundwork’s Youth Employment and Skills Team on 0191 428 1144.