Job help offered to young people

(l-r) Vicky Martin, Chair of Governers, Ioan Morgan CBE, Interim Principle and John Healey MP, cut the ribbon at the opening of the new DVC Job Zone, at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Vicky Martin, Chair of Governers, Ioan Morgan CBE, Interim Principle and John Healey MP, cut the ribbon at the opening of the new DVC Job Zone, at Dearne Valley College. Picture: Andrew Roe

STUDENTS have been given a boost in their search for employment following the opening of a ‘job zone’.

MP John Healey officially unveiled Dearne Valley College’s new Job Zone, run in conjunction with the Job Centre Plus (JCP), aimed at helping students apply for work and apprenticeships as well as offer careers advice, CV workshops and work placements.

Each year the college has more than 4,000 people from across the region studying on its range of full and part-time courses.

Kaye Jackson, business development manager, said: “The Job Zone will showcase local employment opportunities and apprenticeship vacancies plus information on work experience and volunteering placements.

“Working closely with JCP we will support individuals to develop their skills to appeal to local employers. The initiative also supports the Get Britain Working Initiative”.

Employers can also use the facility to promote their vacancies.

Mr Healey said: “Compared to the rest of the country, in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham we have twice as many young people who have been out of work for more than a year, and in parts of the Dearne that number has tripled in the last 12 months.

“So the Jobs Zone will be an important and, I am sure, well-used service which will give DVC students the best possible chance of finding work after their studies.”

The facility is open between 11.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday at its Manvers Campus.

For more details call 01709 513355 or log on to www.dearne-coll.ac.uk