Since its launch in 2009, Cherwell District Council’s Bicester Job Club has helped an estimated 3,000 local people on the road to employment and has been used as a blueprint by the Government to launch similar schemes across the country.
The free drop-in service brings relevant organisations together under one roof to assist people who are looking for a first job, new job, career change or return to work; people do not have to be unemployed to attend.
Among the services on offer are:
- CV advice from National Careers Service
- Benefits advice
- Voluntary work advice and opportunities
- Training and education advice from Banbury and Bicester College
- Job vacancies and application forms
- Laptops for online job searching
- Mind – mental health support
Upon celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Bicester Job Club in spring 2014, it was estimated 2,000 people had utilised the service and since then, it has grown to incorporate twice-yearly Job Fairs allowing local employers to promote vacancies for free to jobseekers at an organised event.
The job club meets every alternate Friday at Bicester Library located at Franklins House from 11am – 1pm. Attendance is free and does not need to be pre-booked.