Dozens of people have been helped into employment, training and voluntary work in recent months by the Dover Jobs Club. Free weekly sessions are run by Southern Housing Group at the Big Local unit in the Charlton Centre.
Employment skills officer Sarah Hampton told me that they offer employment and benefits support, alongside free computer access. The group meets every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm on a first come, first serve basis. Eight laptops have been funded for Big Local as part of the project.
Ms Hampton said she has been running the Job Club for about three years now. In the last three months they've had around 168 people attend, helping around 10 into employment, around 10 into voluntary work and around 10 into training.
This is a really great project offering free help and support in a friendly setting. It builds on work across the country in recent years to improve employment prospects. In Dover and Deal alone there are 7,700 more people in work since 2010. As well as more jobs, in our corner of Kent we have fought hard for more investment. We tore down Burlington House and the St James shopping and cinema complex has risen in its place.
On top of that wages are now growing well ahead of inflation. And all this 'despite Brexit'. Yet it's vital we keep building on that strong economy – and deliver a brighter future for our area.
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