The IAG Job Club
The IAG Job Club, Sutton Coldfield, was officially launched in January 2010 to help the local community get back into work.
What is The IAG Job Club?
The IAG Job Club was set up by two friends, Mike and Barry, who were aware that there was very little provision in the North of Birmingham for people seeking work. Most jobs are now advertised online but there are still a large number of people who have no access to a computer. Unfortunately, local job centres cannot always offer this help. The IAG Job Club was intended to fill this gap.
As people have been made redundant, it has become clear to the IAG Job Club that more and more older people are in need of the type of help that they offer. Over the past four years, they have written more than eight hundred CVs, and their register records show that they saw 1,840 people alone at the IAG Job Club in 2015. During this period, they have helped over four hundred people get into work! Most clients are referred directly to the IAG Job Club from the local Job Centre in Sutton Coldfield, but they also receive word of mouth referrals.
Sutton Coldfield is often seen as an affluent area and, as such, is not eligible for many government schemes. There are, however, areas of quite severe deprivation and the IAG Job Club work with many people from these areas. There is a need for support with getting into work, by assisting people to access job vacancies online, help them to complete job applications, provide help with CVs, confidence building and interview techniques. The IAG Job Club also signpost their clients to other providers, where they can obtain benefits’ advice, help for carers, and access to solicitors. The project welcomes everyone and also help clients who may already have a job, but are looking for a career change.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The IAG Job Club would love to be able to extend the services that they offer to their clients by enabling external sources to come along to the Job Club once a week to offer any additional advice. Parents could have access to mentors who work in schools to talk about any issues relating to their children, and carers who are looking to get back into work would be able to speak to members of Carers UK about their experiences.
The funding would also mean that their equipment (laptops etc) could be replenished and maintained so that clients can continue to use them, getting as much help as possible when trying to get back into work.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about The IAG Job Club?
Barry Connolly, Director
Tel: 07792 046 557
You can find out more information about The IAG Job Club via their website.