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    Starting a business/self-employment?

    NBV may have the support you want:

    • The Starting In Business Programme can help you to transform your idea into a business and support you with a fantastic package of training and funding. You'll also get to meet other like-minded people and the NBV team will be on hand to provide you with advice every step of the way.
    • Looking for help to fund your  business? The grant for Enterprise supports the growth or diversification of existing micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire. The fund can provide captial and revenue grants to trading businesses for a specific project or investment.
    • So you've got a great business idea but not sure what to do next? The Start & Grow programme provides pre and post start support to those looking to start a business. If you expect to employ people from the early stages of your business and if start-up finance is a definite, then this programme could be for you. Participants will access one to one help, advice and mentoring, workshops, workshops and training along with help finding funding.


    For further information or to enquire about the above programmes please call 0844 887 2568 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Chesterfield Community Care Farm - Opportunities for all

    S.E.N Schools and Colleges - Taster Days

    2 and 3 June 2016
    28 and 29 July 2016
    25 and 26 August 2016
    10 am - 2pm free BBQ included

    Free sessions on the farm for people with special educational needs, come and see what you can find, learn and enjoy the farm!

    Booking is essential. To book your place please contact Ian on 01246 859462, or Jack on 01246 859333.

    The main office and 23 acre farm is located just 10 minutes from Junction 29 of the M1.

    Address: Mill Cottage, Pilsley Road, Lower Pilsey, Chesterfield, S45 8DL.

    Support/carers for attendees must be provided with them for the taster days.

     

    National Living Wage

    This comes in to effect from 1 April for people aged 25+. Check out the possible changes for you at www.livingwage.gov.uk - some people may not see any improvement due to linked changes to tax and WTC, especially if they work limited hours a week.

     

     

    Landmarks Specialist College Open Day

    This general open day on Saturday 5 March 2016 at 11.00 am gives visitors opportunity to come and see what Landmarks Specialist College has to offer, you will be able to speak to their staff about the opportunities available and a tour of the facilities.
    For further information or book onto the event please contact Gail Mason on 01246 433788.

     

    Get Into Health and Social Care with Chesterfield Royal Hospital

    This six week programme offers young people a nationally recognised care certificate and a 5 week work placement within a hospital ward. This is a very practical placement so, although young people do not need experience, they do need to be aware of and understand the type of work this sector involves.
    For further information or would like to set up interviews or group sessions, contact: Amy Williams on 07436797253 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Bright Side Courses

    Taking steps towards feeling positive through learning new skills.

    These free courses are available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, or emotional or psychological distress. One in four of us go through this at some time in our lives. People can join Bright Side as an individual or through a support group.

    The Bright Side Courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks. They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, such as outdoor and creative activities, cookery and relaxation, all in a friendly setting.

    Each programme will be adapted to the interests of each group and can offer a stepping stone onto other activities.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping us to design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help. Additional support will be provided to help people to join in, enjoy themselves and move on.

    For more information about this existing new project, please contact

     

    Get Ready for Work

    Improve your confidence and skills to enhance your job prospects. Many of these course are FREE if you are on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

    Making Choices
    Do you need direction and support in making choices for your future learning? This is a short course that will help build your confidence, whilst identifying your learning needs in areas such as maths, English, ICT and employment skills. The sessions will include problem solving, group activities and individual assessments.

    Move On Up
    We offer a range of work ready programmes which can help you to become better equipped to get into work, making the most of yourself, your skills, gain a qualification and reach your full potential. Courses included CV writing and job applications, confidence building, interview skills and job searching.

    Get Confident - Get that Job
    This course will build your self-confidence and self-esteem in order to find work you will develop an understanding of your own personal strengths and weaknesses. Develop your skills in making decisions in a positive and constructive manner. Get help with identifying personal short term goals and how to achieve them.

    Get Connected Using Email
    This is a short Level 1 qualification course that will enable you to gain skills in how to set up an email address, organise your contacts send and receive emails to make that important contact with work and business opportunities.

    Be Your Own Boss
    Are you considering setting up your own business? A short course that helps you decide whether being your own boss is for you. Gives you the confidence and skills to design your own business plans, taking you through its implementation and on to manage your own successful business.

    Work Ready Programme
    Get three qualifications in 10 weeks. This course is run over two full days per week and includes an ICT qualification, English and/or Maths qualification plus First Aid and/or Food Safety. You will gain qualifications that make you more confident and give you the edge in the current job market.

    For courses in and around Bolsover please call 01246 241926 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Get on in Work - Practical skills to help you go further in your work

    Emergency First Aid
    This is a one day practical course where you will learn about first aid and gain a recognised Level 2 qualification.

    Food Safety
    This is a one day practical course where you will learn fundamental good practice in food safety and gain a Level 2 qualification.

    Mandual Handling
    A practical and theoretical course to help you understand the reasons for safe manual handling, how risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety, types of equipment and testing requirements and be able to apply safe manual handling prinicples.

    Construction Skills
    We offer City & Guilds qualifications at various levels. You will gain understanding and practical experience of a variety of trades in the construction industry. These qualifications could also lead to a traineeship or apprenticeship.

    Childcare
    If you are interested in a fulfilling new career or nee to update your existing skills then our childcare courses are for you. We offer a wide range of programmes from entry level courses to nationally recognised certificates and diplomas. These can help you gain employment or progress in childcare settings and schools.

    These include:

    • BTEC Level 1 Award: Health and Social Care (adult care or childcare)
    • Level 2 Certificate: Children and Young People's Workforce
    • Level 2 Certificate: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
    • Level 3 Diploma: Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
    • Level 3 Diploma: Children's Learning and Development (EYE)

    Childcare information sessions are held regularly. Please contact your local centre.

    You can find, book and pay online for courses by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coursesearch

     

    Young People's Radio Project

    Sheffield Mencap and Gateway are running a 12 week radio and broadcasting project for young people with a learning disability aged 10-16. These Saturday morning sessions are a fun way for young people to explore their creatives side, play the music they love and learn to use media equipment. It is completely accessible to everyone who wants to get involved.
    The project starts on 16 January 2016 and runs for 12 weeks during term time. It costs £36 for the project (£3 per session).
    Places are limited. To find out more or register your interest please contact Rachel McLafferty on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0114 276 7757.
    This project cannot provide personal care or 1:1 support. If a young person needs this it will need to be provided by a parent or PA. Mencap are happy to discuss this with you.

     

    Bright Side Courses

    These free courses are available for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties or emotional or psychological distress. One in four of us through this at some time in our lives. People can join Bright Side as an individual or through a support group.

    The Bright Side courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks. They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, such as outdoor and creative activities cookery and relaxation, all in a friendly setting.

    Each programme will be adapted to the interests of each group and can offer a stepping stone onto other activities.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping to design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help. Additional support will be provided to help people to join in, enjoy themselves and move on.

    For more information about this exciting new project, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01629 536569

     

    Credit Unions - Community Banking for All

    This event is aimed at people living or working in Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire who want to know more about Credit Unions.

    Run by Derby Diocese in partnership with colleagues from Financial Action and Advcie Derbyshire, and chaired by Karen Hamblin, Rural Dean of Chesterfield Deanery.

    Beginning with short presentations from colleagues at 2 Shires Community Bank and Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Credit Union at 1pm followed by a buffet lunch.

    There will also be displays and information stands.

    Monday 25 January at 12.45pm or join in spoken Mass 12.15 - 12.54pm first. At the Crooked Spire Church (St Mary and All Saints), Chesterfield, S40 1XJ.

    Book by Friday 15 January 2016, go to the Eventbrite website or telephone Rita Brierley on 01332 388684.

     

    Community Banks

    The Derbyshire Fairer Money campaign is promoting community banks as a way to reduce debt and poverty. Find out more on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to the 'Fairer Money' newsletter. Please use the links below:

    Website: http://www.communitybanksderbyshire.org.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairermoney

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fairermoney

    Sign-up to ‘Fairer Money’ newsletter: http://eepurl.com/by3afn

     

    Universal Jobmatcha dn SAFERjobs

    Since July 2015 DWP has been actively promoting SAFERjobs within the Universal Jobmatch service. SAFERjobs is designed to help people identify job scams and fake jobs. The SAFERjobs website has news about current job scams and a free service for job seekers to report suspected (or actual) fraud. It also features advice on what people can do to stay safe online. www.smartcdn.co.uk

     

     

    Specialist support for unemployed disabled people

    Specialist Employability Support (SES) is a new tailored support service for unemployed disabled people that will help them move closer to the labour market. This new service began last month and is being delivered by six national SES providers. Four of them - Shaw Trust, Remploy, Kennedy Scott and Steps to Employment - will cater for people with a range of disabilities. People with a visual impairment will be supported by the Royal National College for the Blind and those with a hearing impairment, by Doncaster Deaf Trust. More details are available from local Jobcentres.

     

    Anti-Poverty and Digital Inclusion Work in Derbyshire Libraries

    One to one work and benefits computer help
    Derbyshire Libraries are offering free one to one work and benefits computer help sessions to members of the public, by appointment, in the libraries below:

    • Bolsover
    • Buxton
    • Chesterfield
    • Clay Cross
    • Creswell
    • Gamesley
    • Glossop
    • Holmewood
    • Ilkeston
    • Long Eaton
    • Sandiacre
    • Shirebrook
    • South Normanton
    • Staveley
    • Swadlincote


    Sessions will soon be offered in Alfreton and Heanor libraries.

    The sessions are to help people who don't have much experience
    or confidence in using a computer, or have never used a computer, people who are searching for jobs, information about benefits and registering with/using Universal Jobmatch or finding out about a potential new career. Help is available for people who want and create an email account, become more familiar
    with a computer screen or need information to help with an enquiry about money worries. Although in libraries they aren't able to give advice, they can signpost or refer onto other organisations who can.

    There is also a Work and Benefits Help Information pack in all 45 Derbyshire libraries and Derbyshire Record Office to help with enquiries relating to work, benefits and money worries, and using a computer.

    In addition to the work and benefits computer help there are ICT volunteers in some libraries who are able to assist members of the public with general computer use.

    Please see a member of library staff for further details and to book a help session, or contact the Library Information Service:

    Tel: 01629 533444
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Food Bank collection points
    There are food bank collection points in Derbyshire libraries in areas close to the food banks.

    Credit Unions
    The following libraries host Credit Unions on a weekly basis:

    • Ashbourne Tel: 01629 533950
    • Creswell Tel: 01909 721606
    • Shirebrook Tel: 01623 742425
    • Swadlincote Tel: 01629 533013
    • Wirksworth Tel: 01629 533730


    Derbyshire National Careers Service
    Derbyshire County Council National Careers service give careers help and advice through their Community Work Clubs around the county.

    • Chesterfield Library hosts a Work Club twice a week Tel: 01629 533400
    • Ilkeston Library hosts a Work Club once a week Tel: 0115 9301104


    Further information and advice sessions in Derbyshire Libraries

    • Citizens Advice Information Centre:
      Bolsover Library, three times a week
      Tel: 01246 823179
    • Citizens Advice:
      Eckington Library, weekly
      Tel: 01629 533748
    • Derbyshire Law Centre:
      Bolsover Library, weekly
      Tel: 01246 823179
      Staveley Library, weekly
      Tel: 01246 472448
    • Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centre:
      Staveley Library, weekly
      Tel: 01246 472448


    Code Clubs

    Children's Librarians are working with some Derbyshire primary schools to organise code clubs out of school hours which will support the computer programming/coding work now being done by primary school children.

    If you would like to find out more about any of the work we are doing please contact Wendy Kurcewicz at Chesterfield Library, or the Library Information Service:

    Wendy Kurcewicz
    Enquiry Service Manager
    Health and Communities Department, Derbyshire County Council
    Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN
    Tel: 01629 533400
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Library Information Service
    Tel: 01629 533444
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Talent Match

    Aged 18-24 years old?
    Long-term unemployed?
    Not in training or at college?
    Need help for a new start?
    Talent Match could be your missing piece...

    What is Talent Match?
    Talent Match is a free local service, here to help you gain the skills and confidence you need so you can impress local employers and get a job. If working for someone else isn't for you, and you've got your own ideas for a business then Talent Match can help you develop them to become your own boss!

    Who is it for?
    If you are aged 18-24, long-term unemployed (over 12 months), not in training or at college then Talent Match want to hear from you.

    Talent Match can help you to:

    • Promote yourself positively
    • Build up your skills and find a job that's right for you
    • Gain paid work experience
    • Improve your confidence for performance at interview
    • Shout about the talents you have and help you find new ones
    • Make your business ideas happen 


    Interested? Get in touch with the coach for your area:

    • Bassetlaw - Danielle Thomas - tel: 07812 666486, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Bolsover - Jenny Hallam - tel: 07812 666484, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Chesterfield - Jacki Bearder - tel: 07812 666476, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • North East Derbyshire - Jaime Lee Hosie - tel: 07812 666475, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Employment support for people with autism or aspergers

    The NORSACA Enterprise Hub is offering free training for anyone aged 18+ with a diagnosis of either of these conditions and who can get to their Hub at Raines Avenue in Worksop.

    The training will take three days a week for six months and covers: working towards employment, work skills, CV writing, undertaking voluntary work and work experience placements which could hopefully progress in to paid employment.

    The programme starts on 5 January 2015. Some help with travel costs may be possible.

    For more information and an application form, contact: Andy Cocker on 01909 549073 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Pre Employment Training Course at Limestone House

    Running two days a week for seven weeks, on Mondays and Tuesdays starting from 12/01/15 to 24/02/15

    Help with computers, job searching, interview skills and advice, preparing a CV and more.

    All learners will receive a voucher of £5 each day for food and drink from the Memory Lane Cafe.

    In addition - when you complete the course you will receive an incentive payment.

    To book on to the course call Limestone House on 01909 724061.

     

    English and Maths Training

    A national training company is offering courses in English and Maths to volunteers through a scheme they are running 'Work Ready People'.

    The qualifications are available to people who are volunteering for eight hours per week or more and to pade staff members working within community and voluntary sector organisations.

    For full details, visit the Hit Training website http://www.hittraining.co.uk/hit-launches-work-ready-people

     

    Support and Guidance Services to Local Residents

    Know someone who needs help with stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions?

    Created by Derbyshire resident Ben Brown in September 2014, these two documents (links below) list some of the support that is available locally and nationally.

    Help could be a phone call away.

    Organisations and Charities offering support and guidance to local residents.

    National Support Services Contact List.

     

    Get Started with Digital Art and The Prince's Trust

    If you are aged 16-25, into Art and not at college or work, then 'Get Started' with Digital Art and The Prince's Trust and they will help you achieve your goals!

    Join the five-day development programme at Bolsover Adult Education Centre and you could:

    • Work with professional artists to learn new skills and produce your own art piece
    • Gain a Bronze Arts Award qualification
    • Enjoy a fun and rewarding week improving your teamwork, communication skills, and confidence
    • Receive three months support after the programme to help you move into education, training or employment


    They will help with travel costs, and lunch will be provided every day.

    This course will run from Monday 8 December - Friday 12 December 2014.

    Come to a taster day on Wednesday 3 December to see if it is for you!

    To register your interest or to find out more please contact Kristian Hirscher on:

    Telephone: 07436 797253
    Text: 'art' to 07436 797253 and they'll call you back
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Volunteering in Bolsover

    Volunteering can help you:

    • Meet new people
    • Try something new
    • Benefit your local community
    • Gain employment
    • Build your C.V
    • Have FUN


    If you live in the Bolsover District and wish to volunteer, or would like to gain information about volunteering please contact The Volunteer Centre on:

    Tel: 07519 047697 or 01246 2766777
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Website: www.chesterfieldvc.org.uk or www.do-it.org.uk

    Call in at one of the regular drop in sessions;

    Shirebrook Adult Education Centre
    Carter Lane, Shirebrook, NG20 8PE
    Tuesday mornings, 9.30am - 12.30pm

    The Base at the Cyber Cafe
    Release Financial Charity - 39 High Street, South Normanton, DE55 2BP
    Thursday mornings, 9.30am - 11.30am

     

    Apprenticeship Placement Opportunities

    Apprenticeship opportunities include:

    • Business Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship at BRM Solicitors in Chesterfield. For full details of this vacancy click here.
    • Business Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship at Bothams Mitchell Slaney Estate Agents in Chesterfield. For full details of this vacancy click here.
    • Food Production and Cooking NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship at Liza Bakes Ltd in Chesterfield. For full details of this vacancy click here.
    • Business Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship at SAIL in Chesterfield. For full details of this vacancy click here.

    Details of the above can also be found on www.apprenticeship.org.uk

     

    It's official: work is good for you

    Professionals like Occupational Therapists have echoed what many of us know: work doesn’t just improve your finances but can make you happier and healthier too.

    Bolsover District Council and the Bolsover Partnership have put this message at the heart of their new Help to Work initiative showcasing what free employment-related support is available locally in their on-line directory: www.helptowork.org.uk.

    One of the local projects offering self-employment assistance for disabled people has been asking clients about taking part in the Work for Yourself programme:

    • 80% said that their quality of life had improved.
    • 74% said that their health had improved.
    • 100% said that they feel more optimistic about the future.


    Talking about work, the College of Occupational Therapists' website says: “It helps your physical and mental wellbeing by giving you a sense of worth. But if you are off work, it can be much harder to return, especially if you are absent for a long period of time. Extended periods away from work are often linked to long term illness, leading to reduced income, which can cause social isolation as well as deprivation.“ 

    Information about the different types of support, job vacancies, events, training and more is also on the Help to Work Facebook and Twitter pages – and anyone can sign up for personal emails. 

    “It’s a good way to keep in touch with news about specialist support for young people, for anyone with a health condition or disability or just someone who wants a helping hand to get back to work,” said Penny Melville-Brown, project lead, “The figures speak for themselves, so simply contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also running a series of events to help all our partner organisations work more closely together and so provide the best service to local residents.”

    The Government is also introducing more occupational health support later this year through the new Health and Work Service in England and Wales with easier access to assessments and on-line information.

    Like Help to Work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HelptoWork/551058168339887?ref=hl and follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Helptowork1

     

    Make that Job Match Me

    To prepare you for the world of work and training to gain an AIM Award in preparation for entering work/personal development at Entry Level 3.

    The course will help to build your self confidence, and to give you the skills to help you:

    • To register and work on the Universal Job Site
    • To make an email address
    • Look at the skills you already have an what you would like to work towards
    • Search for jobs
    • Complete job applications
    • Present yourself at an interview and practice interview skills
    • Build a portfolio of certificates and CV to take to an interview
    • Identify future goals and action plans
    • To celebrate what you can do!

    A free six week course for people on JSA/ESA, starting Wednesday 24 September, 2014, 9.30 - 12.30, at The Arc, High Street, Clowne, S43 4JY

    For more information or to put your name on the list contact Shirebrook ACE Centre on 01623 744316 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

    Help to Work Plus Conference "The Added-Value of Partnership Working"

    The theme for the day is the added value of partnership working when providing effective employment support for disabled people and others. It will be valuable if you deliver, design or commission similar services.

    Date:        19 November
    Venue:      Leengate Legends Lounge, Chesterfield Football Club, The PROACT Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ.
    Timings:    09.00    Delegates arrive for tea/coffee.
                      09.30    Conference and Buffet Lunch.
                      15.30    Close.


    Speakers:

    • Councillor Eion Watts (Leader of Bolsover District Council, Chair of the Industrial Communities Alliance and Vice-Chair of the Bolsover Partnership) on working in partnership to improve the employment and other prospects of local communitites.
    • John Coxon (Office for Disability Issues) on his overall responsibility for the delivery of Fulfilling Potential, which is the Government's disability strategy.
    • Alison Corbett and Clients on learning from the Help to Work Plus project.
    • Anne Purvis (Director of Inclusion relating key project findings to the wider economic and national/EU policy context.
    • Ruth Regan (Lead Assessor) on the Merlin Standard which is central to Work Programme and other contracts.
    • Eamonn Davern Strategy International DWP) on the future EU, Government and DWP approaches to partnership working and how partners can prepare.
    • Mandy Chambers (Chair of Bolsover Partnership) summing up the day and the way forward.

     

    Several sessions are earmarked for delegate discussion so that they gain your contribution and inputs too.

    Refreshments. There will be a mid-morning break and a buffet lunch.

    Promotion. Please bring promotional literature to share with others and promote your services.

    Bookings. To book a place, contact Penny Melville-Brown by 13 November: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01329 841814. Please let her know of any access or dietary requirements.

    For directions to the PROACT Stadium click here.
     

    New Bus Route to Sports Direct

    A new bus route started on 23 May 2013 for those who have not got access to transport to get to work at Sports Direct.

    The bus runs 7 days a week, and costs £4.00 return.

    Depart Depart
    Holmewood Library 04.17 13.32
    Williamthorpe Island 04.19 13.34
    North Wingfield Co-Op 04.21 13.36
    Sharley Park Leisure Centre 04.24 13.39
    Clay Cross Bus Station 04.25 13.40
    Derby Road (Royal Oak) 04.30 13.45
    Derby Road (Hunloke Arms) 04.32 13.47
    Birdholme (Tesco Express) 04.39 13.54
    Chesterfield (Holywell Street) 04.44 13.59
    Sheffield Road (Stonegravels) 04.46 14.01
    Brimington (Lansdown Road) 04.51 14.06
    Brimington (Butchers Arms, Church Street) 04.54 14.09
    Ringwood Road (Middlecroft Co-Op) 04.56 14.11
    Staveley Miners Welfare 04.58 14.13
    Lowgates / Mastin Moor 05.03 14.18
    Bolsover Road (Shuttlewood) 05.07 14.22
    Hill Top (Bolsover) 05.09 14.24
    Town End (Opposite Bolsover Market Place) 05.11 14.26
    Langwith Road (Hillstown) 05.13 14.28
    Mansfield Road (Scarcliffe) 05.17 14.32
    Rotherham Road (New Houghton) 05.20 14.35
    Sports Direct 05.30 14.45

     

    Return from Sports Direct

    15.45 00.40

     

    Chesterfield College work-focussed courses

    Are you unemployed and looking for work?

    Chesterfield College have work-focussed courses available in the following areas:

    • Intensive job seeking skills - The Hidden Job Market
    • Job search and interview skills
    • Employability skills
    • Retail
    • Health and Social Care
    • Car Valeting
    • ICT for employment - including Universal Jobmatch Training
    • Customer Service
    • Call Centre Operations
    • Budgeting and personal money management


    If you are over 19 and unemployed, Chesterfield College would like to help you back into employment.

    Please call 01246 500701 for a confidential chat.

       

    Apprenticeship Pathway

    Do you have ambition to get on in life? Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) can give you the skills you need to improve your job prospects - the skills that employers today are looking for!

    They will help you:

    • enhance your CV
    • improve your chances at interview through expert coaching
    • gain experience employers value through work trials
    • prepare for your future Apprenticeship by training you in practical skills

    Most importantly, DNCC Apprenticeship Pathway can help you to find the right Apprenticeship for you. Join successful DNCC apprentices - over 95% of apprentices who complete their apprenticeship with DNCC Training remain in employment.

    For more information or to join on the course please contact DNCC:

    Tel: 01246 212519
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Chesterfields Conference - Employment support that works

    Chesterfield's PROACT football stadium hosted a conference last week for representatives of over 50 organisations that help Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough residents get back to work. Attendees praised the event's success in highlighting key issues and the changes needed over coming years to support both local people and employers while economic redevelopment activities progress. Organised by the local Help to Work Plus project that is led by employment charity Shaw Trust and part-funded by the European Union and the two Councils, the conference is just one example of all these organisations' commitment to working together to resolve unemployment locally.

    Keynote speaker, Professor Steve Fothergill of Sheffield Hallam University and National Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, explained how measuring unemployment levels by counting Job Seekers Allowance claimants can be highly misleading as it ignores the much higher numbers of people on Incapacity Benefits. This is particularly significant in the two Council areas where the proportion of disabled people is much higher than nationally.

    Other speakers covered the vision and plans of the Local Economic Partnerships and employers' perspectives on recruitment. The Derbyshire Jobcentre Operations Manager discussed the introduction of Government reforms to the benefit system while others addressed issues specific to disabled people and the employment role of the Skills Funding Agency.

    Derbyshire County Councillor Anne Western concluded the event by stressing the importance of partnership working across organisations and boundaries because pooling effort and resources can reduce quality services that improve skills and wage levels. 

    Details of many of the partners and conference presentations can be found on the links below.


    Conference Summary
    Conference Action Check List
    Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Fothergill
    Future demand - for employment support: Penny Melville-Brown
    Future demand - forecast of economic regeneration: Fiona Boden
    Future demand - employer perspective: Ian Bates
    Future provision - the new key player: Martin Wynn
    Future provision - for disabled people: Huw Davies
    Future provision - changes in the landscapes: Bob Kendall
    Key Findings from the Interim Report of the Evaluation
    2011 Census Data

    Professor Steve Fothergill

         Councillor Anne Western

    Caption: Professor Steve Fothergill and Councillor Anne Western presenting at the conference. 

    Self-Employment Support for IS and ESA Claimants

    Lone parents claiming Income Support are now able to volunteer for the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA). This provides practical and financial help to get people off benefits and into self-employment.

    NEA is also being extended to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the Work Related Activity Group who are receiving support from Jobcentre Plus.

    Disabled people enrolled in the NEA can now receive additional support through Access to Work to help pay for necessary specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs to get their business started.

    More information starting your own business is available at GOV.UK, as is a guide to Access to Work.

    There is also more information about the NEA on the DWP website.

     

    The Hive@Mansfield

    The Hive@Mansfield are primarily looking for people with brilliant new business ideas who live or work in the Districts of Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield or Mansfield.

    There is no age limit or qualifications necessary to join, just a great new idea and the passion and drive for it to succeed.

    They run three programmes per year starting in January, April, and September. For more information about the programme click here or contact the Project Manager Michael Huxley on 01623 600829.

     

    Disabled People of Working Age in Bolsover District and Chesterfield Borough Now and in the Future.

    This document (link below) seeks to explain why disabled people of working age (16-64) are such an important group in Bolsover District (BDC) and Chesterfield Borough (CBC).

    The document covers various points about disability including:

    • Who are disabled people
    • Reliability of data
    • Summary: The high level of local disabled residents needs specific attention and action
    • Levels/numbers of disabled people locally
    • Economic consequences

    To view the view the full document please click here.

     

    The Prince's Trust

    Are you 18-30 and unemployment or working less than 16 hours per week?

    Do you want to become self employed?

    Do you want a free service?

    Do you want a grant to help you?

    Whats on offer:

    • £1500 grant to help cover your start up cost (area specific)
    • A four day course to develop your business idea
    • 1.2.1 support through professional staff
    • Business support to help you through your first two years


    If you are interested or want more information please contact The Prince's Trust:

    Tel: 0800 842 842
    Web: www.princes-trust.org.uk

     

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