More info for jobseekers

Dermot Clarke, of Jobcentre Plus, at Wealden District Council offices,  Hailsham SUS-141203-155035001
Dermot Clarke, of Jobcentre Plus, at Wealden District Council offices, Hailsham SUS-141203-155035001

A scheme to help Hailsham’s unemployed find jobs has started to take off, according to organisers.

Over the last eight weeks, Wednesday Employment Surgeries offered by Dermot Clarke, a highly trained and experienced advisor from Jobcentre Plus, have proved a great success.

Dozens have received help and guidance, and one person has already found employment.

The drop-in sessions take place on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am till 1pm in the public access area of the Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX

Residents aged 16 or over can discuss work and training opportunities, get advice about application forms, clarify the rules and conditions for claiming Jobseekers allowance, find information on Jobcentre initiatives and, with their agreement, have an alert set up for new vacancies that may be of interest.

The initiative is one of a number being introduced by Wealden’s Community & Regeneration team to support local residents.

Mr Clarke said, “This has been a great start to the new initiative.

“I’ve been able to provide help and support to local residents without them having to travel.

“I see people who have heard about the Wealden drop-in service from Twitter, the Wealden website, providers and Jobcentre Plus. We have had other providers such as Homeworks on hand, who provided independent assistance with housing, and we are strengthening the links with the Hailsham and Heathfield Works schemes.

Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration , said, “It’s great that Wealden jobseekers are able to find out what jobs are available and to get professional help with their applications closer to home. It is also a great example of how Wealden District Council and its partners are working to increase prosperity in Wealden.”

Discussions are also taking place on rolling out similar outreach schemes throughout the district including holding sessions via Skype.