New drop-in centre to help jobseekers

Eastbourne Works Launch, Langney Road'03/06/11
Eastbourne Works Launch, Langney Road'03/06/11

A NEW job advice and skills development one-stop shop opened its doors last week.

Eastbourne Works was created by Sussex Downs College and was officially opened by Stephen Lloyd MP.

The new drop-in centre based at 5 Langney Road is aimed at jobseekers.

The purpose of the shop is to provide access to information and advice which will enable those looking for work to make informed choices and receive tailored support enabling them to move forward with their job search.

For local businesses, Eastbourne Works can support them with their recruitment and selection process including on-going training needs with guidance from the colleges Employer Training team.

Dave Hinton, the co-ordinator at Eastbourne Works, said, “During the first two weeks we have seen more than 50 people and been able to cater for a variety of needs such as a lady wanting to get back into work after seven years and a jobseeker looking to start up his own cleaning company.

“We provide one to one support to those looking for work, helping them prepare for work, obtain work and of course sustain work.”

Chris Platt from Polegate has already used the service from Eastbourne Works to get himself a job trial with a local telecommunications company. He said, “Everything has happened so fast. When I popped in I met with Dave Hinton who was holding a market place meeting with a couple of employers and I was delighted when they asked me to attend the trial which could lead onto an apprenticeship.

“It is very exciting having almost given up on finding work to have this opportunity. My advice would be if you live in the Eastbourne area to get down and have a chat with Dave who will be able to assess your situation, advice on any training needs you may have and can then match you up with a potential employer.”

Eastbourne Works will be open from 9am each weekday till 5pm and 7pm on a Wednesday and on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Further information can also be found online at www.eastbourneworks.org.uk