In a recent survey published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Stevenage had 6,550 residents who are claiming out-of-work benefits (sources: http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157228/printable.aspx).
Breyer Group, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions are delivering a range of Employment Support Workshops that will enable unemployed residents such as those from Stevenage to become aware of the support available through the National Careers Service.
This particular workshop was delivered at Stevenage Jobcentre PLUS on Monday 30th November and aimed to raise awareness amongst its clients as to what employers look for in potential employees and how they can improve their chances during the interview process. Anne Ferrari, Partnership Manager for Hatfield, Letchworth and Stevenage commented, “The feedback I have received has been very positive, staff have been commenting on how different it is to our normal delivery – positive, encouraging, engaging, interactive. I was delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to our clients and believe they have really benefited from the experience.”
Paula Arkell-Waller, Employment and Training Officer for Breyer Group delivered the workshop which covered the following topics:-
- What are employers looking for?
- Different job sectors (Public, Private, Third)
- Where to look for a job - top 10 list
- SMART objectives
- Action plans and Continual Professional Development (National Careers Service)
- Different types of CVs, personal profiles and cover letters
- Working with recruitment agencies and temping
- Interview skills
Approximately 20 Stevenage residents who are currently enrolled on Work Programme attended and found the workshop really interesting and effective. The role plays helped residents identify best practice and develop their techniques during a simulated interview. One of the attendees commented, “The workshop was applicable to my job search and it has definitely met my expectations. I found the interview session very interesting. It was useful to learn the importance of a good CV, cover letter and application form”.