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The pathway to success

6 March 2015

Jobseekers in Chester are being helped to find employment or training opportunities thanks to local partnership work involving Sanctuary Group.

Jobseekers gaining employment or training opportunities with Pathways

More than 250 people have been benefiting from the leading housing association’s partnership with Pathways, which delivers job clubs, workshops and practical courses.

Made up of five dedicated advisors, the Pathways team operates jobseeker support from community centres in Blacon, Lache and Chester Library in the city centre.

Residents gaining employment opportunities through Pathways

One resident who has gained permanent employment through the Pathways team is Iain Abley, of Durham Road, Blacon. Iain has started his second year of working as a plumber with Sanctuary where he has been able to gain valuable on the job experience, training and plumbing qualifications.

The 19-year-old said: “Sanctuary has given me the opportunity to come here to show I’m hard working. This is a really good opportunity which I’d recommend to young people to show how capable you are.”

Courses available for jobseekers through Pathways

Courses on offer to jobseekers through the Pathways team range from interview skills, confidence coaching, CV and letter writing, through to vocational qualifications such as European Computer Driving Licence and English and Maths NVQ Level 2.

Partnership working for the Pathways team

The Pathways team is working in partnership with a number of other agencies and partners including Cheshire West and Chester Employment Mentors, the National Careers Service, Job Centre Plus, Cheshire Community Development Trust and Avenue Services.

Jobs Clubs available in Chester

  • Blacon Job Club is held every Monday from 1pm to 4.30pm and every Friday from 10am to 4.30pm (excluding bank holidays) at the Community Wing of Blacon High School. The Jobs Club assists with updating CVs, accessing benefits advice and support, searching for and applying for jobs online and finding training courses.
  • Lache Job Club is held every Tuesday from 10am to noon at Lache Community Development Trust on Hawthorn Road, Lache.
  • The city centre Jobs Club is at Chester Library on Wednesday from 10am to noon.

For more information, drop into one of the sessions or call Amy Cumpsty, Tish Calveley or Lesley Williams on 0808 100 7701 or 0300 123 3582.

Benefits advice

For benefits advice, please contact Mary Whelan, who is available from 9.30am to 2.30pm on Tuesday to Friday, on 0808 100 7701 or 0300 123 3582.


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