Back to work scheme coming to Minehead

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A PROJECT to help people find work will be making its way to Minehead later this month.

The Phoenix Project is an eight-day course designed to motivate young people aged 18 plus either back into work, further education or training.

It is being run by Devon & Somerset Fire Rescue and the Job Centre Plus in Somerset in partnership with West Somerset Council.

The course focuses on communication skills, team work and personal aptitude using firefighter training.

In addition, the participants gain a First Aid qualification and a Food Safety and Hygiene certificate.

On the last day, they will have a chance to demonstrate their new skills in front of family, friends and local employers.

They will then have a chance to speak to employers about job opportunities.

Cllr Karen Mills said: “This project provides an excellent opportunity for local jobseekers to develop their skills and gain necessary qualifications required for the world of work in a fun and practical way.

“It also provides the opportunity for those on the programme to speak face to face with local employers about current and future employment opportunities.

We hope to see some really positive outcomes as a result of this project.”

If you are currently working with the Jobcentre in Minehead and you are interested in taking part in this project then please speak to your advisor.

Any employers who are interested in supporting the event should contact Emily Swaby-Halls on 01643 495822.

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1:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ShoulderToShoulder says...

Somerset Youth Fight for Jobs' local meeting recently welcomed a Nottingham member, whom introduced a discussion on the ever-growing problem of poverty pay and youth unemployment....

1,900 people apply for 8 jobs in Nottingham – welcome to austerity Britain!


A small and new branch of Costa Coffee in Mapperley, Nottingham featured in national news headlines yesterday when around 1,900 people applied for just 8 vacancies. The area manager for the East Midlands was shocked by the number of applications, particularly as many of them were by university graduates including nursing graduates.


Youth Fight for Jobs activists in Nottingham have been pointing out for the last few years the lack of jobs available in the area. In some places in Nottinghamshire, there are at least 15 job seekers for every vacancy. This example shows that young people are willing to work, even in minimum wage jobs, despite what government ministers like Iain Duncan Smith might say. The problem is that there aren’t enough jobs out there.

Whilst there is plenty of socially useful jobs that could be done, such as nursing in the NHS, young people with skills are being forced into part-time and temporary jobs.

Some of the people applying had previously lost their jobs from chains that have gone into administration such as HMV. The government’s claim that the private sector will ‘pick up the slack’ is proving again and again to be a lie. Youth Fight for Jobs demands that the government creates decent jobs with decent pay for the millions of young people who are unemployed or underemployed.

The recently unveiled unemployment figures again showed the level of misery being inflicted on ordinary people Britain as a result of the Con-Dem’s misery. Youth Fight for Jobs members in Nottingham will continue to campaign for a future for young people.

Get involved at: http://www.youthfigh
tforjobs.com/wordpre
ss/wordpress/?cat=12
Somerset Youth Fight for Jobs' local meeting recently welcomed a Nottingham member, whom introduced a discussion on the ever-growing problem of poverty pay and youth unemployment.... 1,900 people apply for 8 jobs in Nottingham – welcome to austerity Britain! A small and new branch of Costa Coffee in Mapperley, Nottingham featured in national news headlines yesterday when around 1,900 people applied for just 8 vacancies. The area manager for the East Midlands was shocked by the number of applications, particularly as many of them were by university graduates including nursing graduates. Youth Fight for Jobs activists in Nottingham have been pointing out for the last few years the lack of jobs available in the area. In some places in Nottinghamshire, there are at least 15 job seekers for every vacancy. This example shows that young people are willing to work, even in minimum wage jobs, despite what government ministers like Iain Duncan Smith might say. The problem is that there aren’t enough jobs out there. Whilst there is plenty of socially useful jobs that could be done, such as nursing in the NHS, young people with skills are being forced into part-time and temporary jobs. Some of the people applying had previously lost their jobs from chains that have gone into administration such as HMV. The government’s claim that the private sector will ‘pick up the slack’ is proving again and again to be a lie. Youth Fight for Jobs demands that the government creates decent jobs with decent pay for the millions of young people who are unemployed or underemployed. The recently unveiled unemployment figures again showed the level of misery being inflicted on ordinary people Britain as a result of the Con-Dem’s misery. Youth Fight for Jobs members in Nottingham will continue to campaign for a future for young people. Get involved at: http://www.youthfigh tforjobs.com/wordpre ss/wordpress/?cat=12 ShoulderToShoulder
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