Mole Valley job club set up to help people find work
A NEW "job club" has been set up to tackle unemployment and support people searching for work.
Mole Valley Housing Association (MVHA) has invested £10,000 in the Get Ahead club, which opened this month and can be used by all MVHA residents.
The club, based at MVHA's office, in Station Approach, Dorking, offers one-on-one appointments, CV advice, confidence-building sessions and help applying for jobs.
Michelle McSorley, sustainable communities manager for MVHA, said: "We know from our work with residents that there is a need for a service like this.
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"In the current economic climate it is tough finding a job, and some people may need to build new skills through training.
"It is our mission to enhance life chances and the Get Ahead job club will help people out of work back on to the career ladder."
MVHA careers advisor Nina Selfe said although Surrey has less unemployment than other parts of the country, more can still be done to help people get jobs.
And Miss Selfe says it is not just unskilled, inexperienced job-seekers who are struggling to find work.
"The problem my clients tend to face is low confidence and low self-esteem," she said.
"Even clients who have a steady work history can have their confidence knocked and it affects them quite badly.
"I help them keep motivated, but it's a hard market at the moment to find a job."
The Get Ahead club, free and open to all visitors, runs every Tuesday from 1 to 5pm. Personal appointments are available in the morning.
For more information, call the MVHA community development team on 01306 505558.