Chesterfield News

Support on offer for local jobseekers

Free assistance is now available at Chesterfield Library to aid residents currently seeking employment.

As well as one-to-one computer sessions to help people find jobs and benefits information online, job hunters will also be able to access regular employability sessions each week.

Run by Derbyshire County Council’s Careers Service, the employability sessions will take place between 9.30am and 12.30pm each Friday and will advise anyone who is looking for work or a change in career, those at risk of redundancy, or those who want to create or update a CV.

Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Ellie Wilcox said:

“I am delighted to see our libraries providing such a useful scheme in their local communities.

“Our librarians will work with people to give all the help they can and they can then refer them to other organisations for further support if necessary.”

“Those who are job hunting can often be at a disadvantage if they can’t apply online and we want to help with this.

“We also want to help people with money worries to find out information about the benefits and support that they may be eligible for.”

Staff providing the sessions are working with organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice Bureau, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, Derbyshire Law Centre, the Volunteer Centre and our own Welfare Rights Service.

Participants will be also be able to take away information sheets on a variety of subjects including job searching, volunteering opportunities, money matters, legal information and advice, a beginners guide to the internet, setting up an email account and using Netloan machines in Derbyshire libraries.

Further information about the work and benefits sessions and the employability workshops is available by contacting Derbyshire County Council’s Library Information Service on 01629 533444 or by emailing  To book an employability workshop please call 01629 533400.  Residents can also invited to drop in without reserving a place.

Source:Derbyshire County Council



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