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Town clerk wants Carterton to be ‘zero unemployment’ place
WITH BRITAIN recovering from an economic downturn, it can be difficult to land a new job.
But an initiative was launched in Carterton yesterday to help get more people back into work.
A job search space in the town hall’s new reception area was opened by Adrian Lockwood, board member of Oxfordshire Enterprise Partnership.
This new space at the Alvescot Road venue, set up with a £35,000 grant from the Community Covenant fund, will be open from 9.30am to 4pm every weekday.
It will provide free internet access and photocopying for local job hunters.
Staff will help the jobless fine-tune their CVs and sharpen up their interview technique.
The job search hub will complement the existing fortnightly Job Club, set up at the town hall in 2011.
Project manager Catherine Chater said: “The idea is to have job search in a nice area where people can get help.
“A lot of people are looking for jobs and there isn’t a jobcentre in Carterton. This space provides useful information and assistance to people searching for work in an informal atmosphere.
“We have been developing links with employers on the RAF Brize Norton base. There is also a huge need for care assistants in the community.”
Carterton resident Patricia Lunnon, 56, said: “I came to the Job Club in February because I had been unemployed for quite a while. I wanted something to occupy myself and needed some experience.
“I am now working as a volunteer and give people one-to-one support when they come here and go on to the Universal Jobmatch site.
“ I am really glad that people can now come here five days a week to look for work and it also means I will be busier.”
Stuart Mason, 71, from Witney, is offering his experience to people writing CVs and preparing for interviews.
Mr Mason, who was previously head of training standards for the London Underground, said: “I give encouragement to people and provide an arm round the shoulder as they try to get back into work. I have recruited hundreds of people in my time and I tell people want employees want to see.
“The new area provides an excellent space where people can come for help.”
Carterton Town Clerk Caroline Ramsey said: “This is a great new initiative and I want to make Carterton a zero employment area.”