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New home for back-to-work service

Date: 22/01/2008           Category: Adult Learning

Jobsmatch – a Medway Council service designed to help people find employment – has moved offices. The service is now based at 95 High Street Rochester, in the Contact Point at Medway Visitor Information Centre. Residents will still be able to meet Jobsmatch at Gillingham Library every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm. A drop-in service is also available every Wednesday between 9am and 1pm. Please call 01634 336667 to arrange an appointment. Jobsmatch offers each person a one to one consultation with an advisor and creates a back-to-work plan. It also offers a job matching service, help with CVs, referrals to free training and advice on interview techniques. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Cllr Jane Chitty said: “Jobsmatch is an excellent service because it helps people get back to work. “The service is an important tool in overcoming any barriers that might exist, such as identifying training opportunities, writing CVs and improving interview skills. “The ultimate goal is to improve access to the job market and this service is doing just that.” Contact Jobsmatch at jobsmatch@medway.gov.uk or by calling 01634 336667. Jobsmatch case studies: Andrejs Safars moved to the UK from Latvia in August 2007. He plans to study for a Masters in Sports Therapy at the University of Kent in 2008. He registered with Jobsmatch in September 2007, seeking help with his CV and finding a job. Jobsmatch helped him by funding an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) English course at Mid-Kent College. Andrejs also did a lifeguard course at the Black Lion and has started helping with local 2012 Olympic Games events on a voluntary basis. Andrejs said: “Jobsmatch helped me gain the confidence to join the Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club, taking part in local running events and competitions. I’m a keen 800m runner. It also helped me gain a voluntary position as gym assistant in Dartford.” Scott Knight from Gillingham suffered a serious accident in 1997 which left him unable to work for 10 years. He registered with Jobsmatch at the end of September 2007, seeking support and guidance to get back to work. Jobsmatch helped Scott create a CV, ran job searches for him and set up an interview. Following a successful interview, Scott was offered full-time employment. Jobsmatch also helped him buy safety wear, which he needed for work. Scott’s feedback from his experience has been great. From the outset he had the determination, following his full recovery from the accident, to get a job. Scott said: “This is the best service I have received bar none.”