Your Life, Your Future: Arming you with the skills to get that job
JOB hunters found out that it is never too late to learn new skills and start a new career at our Your Life: Your Future advice day.
After our successful employment, skills and advice day for 18-25s last week, we invited over-25s to Freshney Place to allow them to benefit from similar advice on Friday.
Organisations such as the Change Programme, Jobcentre Plus, Grimsby Institute and e-factor were on hand to advise over a 100 people on getting back into work.
The fair was part of the Grimsby Telegraph's Your Life: Your Future campaign, which is designed to help you access the job opportunities available in North East Lincolnshire.
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David Robinson, 37, of Torrington Place, Cleethorpes, lost his temporary job as a filter technician a few weeks ago and is looking for more industrial work.
However, David has always got jobs through word of mouth in the past and has never needed or had a CV, so went to a workshop explaining how to write one.
"I was looking for jobs online and they all wanted CVs but I have never needed one and had no idea how to write it.
"The talk was really useful and now I know where to start."
Michael Burman, 28, of Wellowgate, was a taxi driver until he lost his job in February and wanted to make his CV look more appealing to employers.
"I have sent about 30 to 40 CVs in the past few weeks but I realise now I have been doing it blind.
"I thought my CV was ok, but I realise it needs to be much more to the point to make employers notice it.
"Hopefully I have learnt enough so that my CV will be nearer the top of the pile."
After the CV workshop, Simon Hewson, of Crosby Employment Bureau, gave a presentation on interview techniques.
"It is so hard to get to the interview stage these days that we want to try to maximise people's opportunities when they get there," he said.
"Older people need just as much help as younger people when it comes to technique. They might have been in a job for 20 years and be very good at it but not know how to sell those skills."
Lorraine Alexander, employer and partnership manager for Jobcentre Plus, said: "There are jobs out there and there is help for people looking.
"This event is about showing people where they can get that help."
Lisa Hanson-Downs, of the Grimsby Institute, said: "There are an awful lot of people over the age of 25 who want to progress or need the skills to find a new direction in their life.
"A lot of people enquire about teaching or nursing later on in life and we try to direct them towards the courses they need."
Vikki Piper, enterprise coach for e-factor, which provides advice for people to start their own businesses, said that older people often have the skills for business – but they don't know it.
"There are people – particularly tradesman – who can't find jobs, yet they have a lot of experience from years in a job and are in a great position to go it alone," she said.
"Women who have families have experience of budgeting and organising their children and we try to tell people that these are the same skills needed for business. We are trying to inspire people and show them they can turn something they're passionate about into a business idea."
Yvonne Quickfall, key worker for the Change Programme, which signposts to services which can break down the barriers to employment, said: "People's confidence can take a knock when they lose their job. We can direct them to the appropriate service to make them more employable and into a position."