Wednesday, February 5, 2014

News: Extra time for Job Club


The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) has been awarded a grant of £1,440 from UK Steel Enterprise so it can carry on running its Job Club. The Job Club is a programme that acts as a drop in session which allows members of the public to gain advice on CV writing and interview tips, in order to help them find employment. 

The Job Club ran a 20 week pilot programme in partnership with The Job Centre Plus which proved a huge success in 2013. The programme managed to help seven people gain jobs, four people go into higher education and a further two people gain volunteering experience.

Zanib Rasool MBE, community project manager for RUCST, said: "We have had great success over the summer with most of the people coming to us now in either full or part time employment. Basically if we did not have the grant from UK Steel we could not pay our tutor and even though we have used volunteers before we can’t carry on like that, so it’s great that we now have the funds to carry on making a difference in Rotherham."

The Jobshop takes place every Thursday at New York Stadium and is run on an informal proactive basis with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It is supported by Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Service. It has also recently held sessions in other communities.

Allan Wood is Regional Executive for UK Steel Enterprise and says that RUCST fits perfectly with UK Steel Enterprise's social corporate responsibility ethics. He said: "We are committed to supporting community organisations that help people get into employment and this project has proved quite clearly that it can do that and that there is a demand for its services. It would be a shame to see a successful project like this close, which is why we are delighted to be able to support it."

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses within the South Yorkshire area. It also supports community based organisations and helps them to make a positive difference within communities that have been affected by the changes to the UK's steel industry. UK Steel Enterprise has strong links with regeneration and community support projects through its work with South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF).

Rotherham United website
UK Steel Enterprise website

Images: RUCST


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