Communities Inc’s jobseeker guide supported by Grants For Good
Community Inc CIC are set to launch their Young Black Jobseeker’s guide, an offshoot of their already successful Ready to Work programme after receiving a donation last year. After Ready To Work provided jobseeking sessions for 60 young people over a 12 month period in the St Ann’s and Sneinton areas of Nottingham, helping disadvantaged youngsters attain employment, apprenticeships and further education or training, it was natural to expand their good work into other deprived areas of the city using a creative format.
The organisation values feedback, perfecting their service by listening to the views of the young users. "After using ‘mainstream’ jobseeking methods in the early sessions, we found they did not speak to the young people" explained staff member Michael Henry, "participants from the Ready to Work programme effectively produced the guide that this funding was provided to develop. We will be printing 1,000 copies to distribute to employment and education support providers as well as youth groups. We work with five youth voluntary and community sector groups across the city." The guide covers the value of voluntary work, writing applications, communication skills, interviews, giving presentations and CV writing, all rendered in a language style that appeals to the youth and demystifies crucial terminology.
Going forward, Communities Inc is hoping the guide will be distributed in libraries and community centres, wherever there is demand.