Following the success of the first CAP Jobs Club which was started at the later end of 2014, the CAP Jobs team at Henley Baptist Church are now offering a second series which will be starting at the end of March 2015.
Members of Henley Baptist Church are seeking to complement other community initiatives in tackling unemployment which remains a real challenge to perhaps more local people than some would imagine. To do this they have partnered with a national charity experienced in running over 80 jobs clubs nationally and accredited with Job Centre Plus. The charity called Christians Against Poverty has provided both specialised training and a structured programme that seeks to provide help at every key stage.
Mark Sayers (CAP Jobs Coach) tells us ‘We had a good series pre-Christmas and have an established team of four delivering the free of charge course running out of the dtwo Centre, home of Henley Baptist Church. The first series had seven clients. In terms of outcomes, we had good feedback from all as to the content being helpful, team friendly, and it all being worthwhile. More specifically, one left when he got a job abroad, one gained a position initially in an internship role, but looking promising for a career change, one accepted as a part time volunteer and accepted onto further education, one helped to set up a new business, and we had one move. Another will remain in touch and become a helper we think’
Clare McCarthy, resident in Shiplake says ‘I have found the CAP Job course really helpful in many ways. The classes provide a very supportive environment to engage in the steps needed to get one ready for the job market. Having been at home for seventeen years while raising my family, I was lacking a lot of confidence. Each week we covered a different aspect of the course i.e. identifying strengths, setting goals, CV writing etc. The CAP Jobs team were all very supportive. There was also an opportunity to attend a locally held Confidence Building course which really helped. Each week I found myself getting more confident in my abilities and skills and on occasion there was an opportunity for me to help the others on the course by explaining to them what they had missed. All in all, I would highly recommend the CAP Job Club’
Douglas Ullah, CAP Jobs Manager and Mark Sayers are offering two taster sessions for an hour on 26th Feb and 26th March, followed by a nine week course. Sessions will run on Thursday evenings between 7.30 to 9.30pm. at the dtwo Centre, 55-57 Market Place, Henley on Thames, RG9 2AA
The club includes sessions on creating a winning CV, perfecting interview techniques and how to effectively search for work. We will run one-to-one support, guidance and mentoring to really get alongside people and find out what we can do to help and I think that’s what will really differentiate us from other job clubs.”
Local job clubs also seek to make links with local business people who can offer placements that can help unemployed people prepare for the world of work.
To find out more about the CAP Job Club or to book your place telephone Douglas Ullah on 07711 756940 or Mark Sayers on 07894 607968