Swanley job club venture delivers positive results

A job club for unemployed horticulturists has opened to help local people get into work. The Swanley & Northern Parishes Job Club is an informal group including three horticulturists looking for work.

Organised job clubs are free to members and usually staffed by volunteers who offer guidance and assistance. Community partners are often be sought to give specialist advice. Some clubs have access to funds for training and business or career development.

Geoff Parsons, who set up the group, said that after several weeks of getting to know each other and undertaking CV writing, mock interviews, job searches, discussions on career planning and so on, one of the gardeners suggested starting a gardening business. Another is on the verge of getting a job he had been chasing.

The job club leader has suggested working up a business plan and attending HMRC and Business Link courses and arranged some volunteer work in the gardens of elderly residents, as well as finding a vacancy with a local business.

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