Leeds Central Library and Europe Direct Leeds supporting you with your job hunting needs
The sun has finally joined us and the spring / summer series of Work Clubs are well on their way with talks already delivered on a range of topics including, writing a CV, volunteering opportunities and preparing for interviews. Alongside the talks, Colette our jobseeker advice worker has been busy offering invaluable advice at the sessions.
Our next work club runs on Monday May 28th and we are delighted to invite back Kevin Campbell-Wright who will be getting us all up to speed with the benefits of using social media for job seeking.
During the second half of the session, staff will be available to provide basic support for anyone wishing to set up a social media account. Jobseekers will be given the opportunity to sign up for more in depth sessions covering twitter and linkedin at the end of the session.
On the move
The social media session and all future work clubs will take place in a new training suite – ‘The Portal’ based on the second floor of the Central Library, next to the Information Centre. The Portal provides access to laptops for job seeking, space for talks and basic one to one sessions, all within one space.
June sees the return of the Consumer Credit Counselling service, who will be delivering an excellent workshop on managing your money. Their last session really opened my eyes to all the ways that savings large and small can be made on a day-to-day basis. Later in June, we will also be running the popular searching for vacancies on the internet session.
So if you’re a job hunter please feel free to drop by, as always there will be staff available to provide basic support for any of your job hunting queries and there will be plenty of tea and biscuits if you just want to sit and chat.
The week beginning 26 March is European E-skills week.
The European e-Skills Week 2012 is a European campaign focused on showing people how to get jobs through e-skills in the digital age. Building on the success of e-Skills Week 2010, the DG for Enterprise and Industry has again teamed up with DIGITAL EUROPE and European Schoolnet, to drive awareness of the need for e-skills and their benefits.
The session that we are planning are:
Monday 26 March, 10-11am: Basic LinkedIn
Wednesday 28 March, 1-2pm: Advanced LinkedIn
Thursday 29 March, 10am-12pm: PC Club (Drop-in session)
Please book on to these sessions by emailing europedirect[at]leeds.gov.uk
Geeta and Sarah from the Consumer Credit Counselling Service delivered an excellent money management workshop at Monday’s work club.
The first question they asked everyone was ‘How much money have you spent over the past 24 hours?’ This had to include everything, such as cash, card payments and any direct debits. This left many of us scratching our heads, trying to remember whether any direct debits had come out of our accounts the previous day. I couldn’t remember just how much I’d actually spent in the local shop earlier that morning!
Geeta and Sarah really opened our eyes to how little we really know about our spending habits and where all those pennies are actually going.
The first part of the workshop focused on income and budgeting. We were asked to record the various streams of income that we receive throughout the month, this should include everything such as wages, job seekers allowance, housing benefit, child tax credits etc. Most of us found this part fairly easy; the difficult bit was calculating out goings such as rent, utilities, childcare, insurance and especially the finer details of how much we spend a month on food, newspapers, transport etc.
Geeta and Sarah highlighted the importance of prioritising certain bills such as mortgages, rent and secured loans.
The workshop moved on to day-to-day money management ‘the sensible way’. Cutting back on little things can make a big difference, for example taking pack lunch to work each day instead of buying it. If you spend £3.00 on lunch every weekday, this adds up to £780 every year! This section finished with a detailed discussion around bank accounts, standing orders, direct debits and credit ratings.
The group then moved onto a discussion around credit and dealing with debt. This section was a real eye opener as there are many different types of credit available, all of which have slightly different terms and conditions. Geeta and Sarah went on to outline the range of credit available from store cards through to door step loans, explaining the pros and cons with a few cautionary tales.
The final part of the workshop looked at the debt collection process and the route creditors will take to collect unpaid unsecured credit debt. Geeta and Sarah detailed what customer’s rights are and who to contact if they feel a creditor is treating them unfairly.
Throughout the workshop Geeta and Sarah made it very clear that if anyone is having problems with debt, they should call the Consumer Credit Counselling Service for support Tel: 0800 138 1111
Find out more about the Consumer Credit Counselling Service at http://www.cccs.co.uk/
The next Work Club runs on Monday 5th March, 10am – 12 noon at Leeds Central Library
Focus topic: Searching for Vacancies
There will be an opportunity to discuss your own job seeking needs with one of the library’s job seeker advice workers during the session. To find out more about the Central Library Work Club visit www.businessandpatents.org
Over the past 6 months the central library’s work club has provided support to jobseekers from all walks of life. Many jobseekers cautiously come along to the work club not quite sure what to expect, but by the end of the session most agree that they were able to take something useful away.
Each work club kicks off with a focus topic, which often involves a talk from a relevant organisation, or a job seeker advice worker from within the work club team.
Recent talks have included: Preparing for Interviews
Benefits of Volunteering
Searching for Vacancies
Courses and Training
At our most recent work club Rosemary Sheen and Pam Mcfarlane talked to the group about the range of courses available through Leeds City College including how many hours jobseekers are able to spend studying and the type of courses that are likely to include concessions.
Rosemary told the group about the ‘routeways to work’ scheme which provides a vocational taster to work in a specific sector before applying for employment and/or taking on further training. Examples of areas covered include hospitality, sales and marketing and office work.
Rosemary also outlined details of ‘sector based work academies’ which will provide training, work experience and job interviews for job seekers over the next two years. Sectors covered include call centres, care work and retail. Contact your Job Centre plus advisor to find out more.
After the talk any jobseekers requiring quick advice about any aspect of the job seeking process are able to speak to a jobseeker advice worker. An IT suite is also set aside for jobseekers to access the internet and word processing facilities at the the work club.
The final work club for 2011 runs on Monday 12th December and will focus on preparing for job interviews.
The work club restarts in 2012 on the 9th January.
Look out for details of new focus topics in the New Year.