The job shop service in Armley has moved into the Armley One Stop from the start of April 2012 and will be open all week every week.
As part of an ongoing programme across the city to deliver services more efficiently, the Job Shop service that was originally located on Strawberry Lane has now moved to the first floor at the Armley One Stop centre and will be open Monday to Friday from 9am- 4pm.
Job Shops are run across the city to help people access face-to-face advice on training and employment. Since April 2011, over 17,000 customers have accessed council run job shops located across the city.
Two local people from Armley, Malcolm and Francis Ainley attended the job shop at Armley together to seek help with employment.
Both Malcolm and Francis had been unemployed for just over three months and didn’t know which way to turn. Both were exasperated at the situation they found themselves in and needed a friendly, knowledgeable, supportive service to move them forward.
During a visit to the job shop they were given help with updating their CVs and covering letters along with interview techniques and help on finding possible job opportunities and the application process.
As a result of attending the job shop, both Malcolm and Francis have now gained employment. Malcolm is working as a sales person with Rington Teas and Francis is working as a sale assistant with Hallmark Cards.
“It was a fantastic help to know we could just walk into the job shop and get some really good advice on how to get back into work.
“We found someone who understood our situation, frustration and worries about being out of work and who was able to give us confidence and help with getting back into work.
“It is great that we both have jobs now, and I would encourage anyone looking for help to visit a job shop for some advice.”
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for employment and skills said:
“Our job shop services provide a vital resource for people across the city wanting help with getting into employment.
“The services offer advice around interviews, CVs and any other matters around employment, and aim to help as much as possible to get people into work.
“It is great that the Armley Job Shop has moved into the one stop centre in Armley, as it means local people will be able to access a number of services all under one roof.
“It is also fantastic to hear stories of success, such as Malcolm and Francis, and congratulations to them both on their new jobs.”
To find your nearest job shop visit www.leeds.gov.uk
Notes to editors:
The Armley One Stop Centre is located at 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ.
Leeds City Council Jobshops offer a free, impartial, face-to-face information, advice and guidance (IAG) service on jobs and training opportunities, as well as providing help with preparing or updating a curriculum vitae (CV), support with completing application forms and internet access for employment opportunities.
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