Over 50s looking for work will be able to get support from the city’s 1000 Club as part of a new drive to help older people find employment.
The nationally-acclaimed club is widening its remit to better link up Plymouth companies and organisations with more mature employees.
The club has already helped over 3,000 keen young people on the path to employment, but now plans to offer support to businesses considering expanding their workforce with people of all ages, in particular highlighting the benefits of employing older people.
The 1000 Club acts as a broker and helps businesses and organisations offering work experience, apprenticeships or full and part-time work.
Council leader Tudor Evans “We now have over 1,500 businesses in the 1000 Club and it has been a resounding success helping young people start their work life.
“We have had approaches from people who do not fall into the school leaver or graduate category and have been able to help them. Now that youth unemployment levels in Plymouth have dropped, we want to widen the 1000 Club’s focus and support people into careers – regardless of age.”
The 1000 Club is expanding its website to include a wider array of information that will help companies and individuals get support.
It includes a link to http://nodesiretoretire.com – a free service connecting over 50s who are seeking work, with businesses and households looking to hire mature staff.
There are also links to Plymouth’s Building Plymouth campaign which encourages people to consider the construction industry as it is facing a skills shortage.
Other links include to training providers offering skills to work with small children after partners behind the 1,000 Club identified a possible shortage of trained staff to look after young children in nurseries.
It also features information for people returning to work after starting families, and people with disabilities.
The 1000 Club will continue to be a broker to help people find the right organisation or information that they need and its focus will on young people with a particular emphasis on employability and careers
1000 Club Coordinator Elaine Budd added: “We are trying keep things simple and to respond to enquiries on a tailored basis.
“Businesses looking to recruit often need a steer on where to get advice and support from and to talk through any potential issues. There is a lot of information out there that sometimes it’s hard for companies trying to run businesses to sift through it. We are here to help.”
For more information visit the website at www1000club.co.uk.
Plymouth 1000 Club partners are Plymouth City Council, Job Centre Plymouth, Skills and Funding Agency and the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network