Back to Work has taken over premises in Colomberie to be turned into a Job Club Centre for people who are currently looking for work.
The project has been launched to increase the facilities available to job-seekers and provide a place where they can undertake independent job searches and applications with practical assistance and advice available from the Social Security Department.
The Job Club Centre is opening at 76 Colomberie and will be run by the Social Security Department. Job-seekers will attend in groups of eight organised by department advisers. Back to Work were assisted in finding the premises, which is owned by the States of Jersey, by the Property Holdings Department.
The refurbishment is being overseen by Building Renovations Ltd. The company has actively supported government employment schemes Advance to Work and Advance Plus and two of the employees working on the project joined them following placements through the schemes. In addition, Building Renovations Ltd has provided a further work placement for the duration of the project and paid work for another person who has been unemployed for over 12 months. The electricians for the project, Brady and Gallagher, have also provided a placement for an Advance to Work trainee who will work on the refurbishment.
Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley said: “This project helps us bring a number of ideas together, from finding a way of providing short term work and placements during the refurbishment for some of our clients, to having the space to allow them to work on job searches with the back-up of their mentors and in the company of other people with the same aim in mind.”