Jobseeking help at hand

A JOB club is being launched to help fight Hartlepool’s high unemployment.

The town had 4,501 people out of work and claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) in April – the second highest level of unemployment in the North-East at 7.7 per cent.

The Headland Library is aiming to help cut the figures with new sessions with Hartlepool Adult Education and Hartlepool Borough Council every Tuesday from 2pm-4pm.

Robert Bell, from Hartlepool Adult Education, said: “It’s all about helping people with CVs and their applications for work, such as filling out application forms.

“We can also give careers advice and talk to people about what they want to do.

“It’s not just about people out of work, people who are looking to change careers can also come in. Some people may be fed up and want to do something new.

“We do expect the sessions to be busy.

“It’s a one stop shop. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for people, as applying for jobs can be complicated.

“One of the key things is being flexible, and that is something we can help with. We can also be very specific when it comes to what courses people need to get certain jobs and advise them on the right route.

Job clubs have also been running at West View Advice Centre, in Miers Avenue, from 1pm-3pm on Mondays and 10am-noon on Wednesdays.

Phone (01429) 868616 for more information.