Extra help for Horndean jobseekers after £500 council grant

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JOBHUNTERS in Horndean can take the steps they need to find employment with a new programme that gives them skills for the workplace.

The Stepping Stones scheme, run by Horndean Community Association, aims to give local people the experience, guidance and qualities that will help them succeed in the job market.

The 12-week course, which can cater for eight people at a time, has been supported by a £500 grant from East Hampshire District Council.

Brendan Charles, manager at Horndean Community Association, which is based at Merchistoun Hall, said: ‘During the course the volunteers work with a mentor and we find out what they need to get them back to work. That might be confidence, interview technique, time management or IT skills.

‘The programme will work with jobseeking projects set up around the area in a common effort to try to ensure employment, training and experience opportunities for those who need them to get them back into the workplace.’

Horndean councillor Sara Schillemore added: ‘I congratulate Horndean Community Association for putting this scheme together.

‘It gives people looking for work access to the skills they need to get back on to the employment ladder.’

Call (023) 9259 7114.