EASTBOURNE Works is a one-stop-shop for job seekers in the town.
The aim of the shop is to provide access to information and advice enabling those looking for work to make informed choices and receive tailored support which will help them to move forward with their job search.
It will encourage clients to learn new skills, where appropriate, and signpost them to work opportunities.
Since opening in May they have given advice and support to more than 370 individuals looking for work or training.
Some 130 CVs have been written and at least 25 job seekers have already found employment.
Marina Delgaudo, who lives in the town, came to Eastbourne Works in June.
She received support with writing her application forms, and within three weeks the jobseeker had received three job offers and is now working part-time at a local library.
Due to the popularity of the service, we have taken on a volunteer and trainee to help provide the support people need.
Eastbourne Works has recently secured support from Mayo Wynne Baxter to provide Citizens Advice support for those looking for work.
Dave Hinton, employability co-ordinator, said, “We have made a good start down at Langney Road.
“Lots of people are coming to use the service and lots of people are coming back time and again.
“There are jobs out there and there are certainly lots of people who really want to get into work.
“We work with both employers and individuals to bring the two together and tackle the growing levels of local unemployment.
“On a positive note, if you employ less than 250 employees you might be entitled to a grant of up to £2,500 if you take on an apprentice.
“For more details contact me at Eastbourne Works.
“We are now working with our Activating Eastbourne partners and local employers to put on Eastbourne’s Big Week of Work.”
• Eastbourne Works can be found at 5 Langney Road, Eastbourne BN21 3QA.
It is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with a late evening till 7pm on Wednesday and Saturday morning 9.30am to 12.30am.
• Weblink: www.eastbourneworks.org.uk
• Funding for the project has come from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.
• The investment has enabled an exciting new partnership to be formed which includes Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne Borough Council, Job Centre Plus, 3VA, E-Deal and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.