David Mowat this week celebrated the conclusion of the fifth session of the Jobs Club in a ceremony at Verve Place, Mersey Street, Warrington, a secure accommodation unit for homeless sixteen to twenty-five year olds. The Jobs Club has been holding workshops here for young people since the beginning of the year. Mr Mowat presented certificates to successful Jobs Club attendees as well as budding entrepreneurs, assisted by the new Saturday afternoon session created to help new business start ups. Mr Mowat was also proud to be able to congratulate Mr Bradley Skolodera, the Verve Place Resident of the Month.
Between January 2009 to March 2011, the Jobs Club has helped more than 160 people, assisting 110 back into employment, encouraging the creation of 25 business start ups and assisting others back into further education: an incredible success rate of over 84%. In a recent value added assessment, the Department for Work and Pensions has estimated that the combined effect of the reduced benefits and increased tax revenues that are produced when people moves off the dole and back in to work could be worth thousands to the local economy.
Mr Mowat said:
"Finding work is not easy right now, so having a success rate of over 80% is absolutely outstanding and a tribute to all those who volunteer to help advise and mentor our participants. The value of a club like this is brought home by the latest assessment from the Department for Work & Pensions. I'm really pleased that the club has now been nominated for a Big Society Award and I hope we can carry on helping people across Warrington."