Lyng CA and Think Local support jobseekers
Published by kerri smith for Lyng Community Association in Housing and also in Education
Jobseekers on a Black Country estate are benefiting from a new service on their doorstep which will help them into the world of work.
The scheme is part of ongoing regeneration work on the Lyng estate, aimed at breathing new life into the West Bromwich community.
Lyng Community Association (LCA) – a leading partner in the multi-million pound redevelopment of the estate – has teamed up with Sandwell Council’s Think Local recruitment team to offer the new service.
It involves Think Local employment advisor Alexis Lucock running weekly drop-in sessions at the LCA office, at 3 Frank Fisher Way.
The free sessions take place every Wednesday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, and residents are invited to pop in to find out about job vacancies with Sandwell employers and training opportunities in the area.
Alexis will also give people help and advice on searching for jobs, making applications, writing or improving a CV and preparing for interviews.
Wendy Bodenham, Chairman of LCA, said: “LCA is delighted to have teamed up with Think Local to provide such a useful service for Lyng residents right on their doorstep.
“The initiative ties in with our ongoing regeneration work on the estate, which has already started to rejuvenate the area and boost the local community. With the welfare reform due to take effect in April, it’s more important than ever for people to be work-ready.”
Kate Loftus, Think Local Recruitment Team Manager, said: “The service is aimed at people who are looking for paid employment and have the skills and experience to offer an employer.
“We can register them with Think Local to help match them to suitable vacancies. If they need a little bit of extra support initially to help them apply, we can do that – whether they need to improve their CV or perhaps prepare with a mock interview.
“If people need longer term support, such as training to improve or update their skills, we have links with voluntary sector organisations which can help.”
LCA is working in partnership with Sandwell Council and house builder Barratt to redevelop the 18-acre Lyng estate with an additional 114 homes for affordable rent and 250 for private sale, plus a children’s playground and public open space.
Anyone interested in finding out about vacancies and registering with Think Local can make an appointment by dropping in at the LCA office during the weekly sessions or phoning Alexis on 07790 390419.