Harleston stage show offers jobseekers new window back to employment

Harleston Jobs Club. with from left, Coordinator Lucy Marjoram and project participant Callum Gallant. ANL-150701-153624001
Harleston Jobs Club. with from left, Coordinator Lucy Marjoram and project participant Callum Gallant. ANL-150701-153624001
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A specially-designed stage production could be the new avenue for jobseekers in Harleston, Diss and the surrounding area to return to the world of work this year.

Harleston Information Plus is seeking people in long-term unemployment to join the ‘Jobs Club on Show’, a project geared around putting on a theatrical sketch show by providing job skills

The scheme, financed by a £20,000 grant from the New Anglia LEP’s Community Challenge Fund, aims to offer tailored training in areas such as customer service, IT, retail, business admin, food safety and first aid, ahead of the live production in July.

Lucy Marjoram, Jobs Club co-ordinator, said: “We are really excited about delivering this project. It brings training and practical work experience together for jobseekers whilst giving them the opportunity to work with the local community and employers to produce a great show.”

Around 27 businesses and organisations in Harleston are involved in the scheme, including the Swan Hotel, Apollo Rooms, The Pod and Archbishop Sancroft High School.

Jake Kubala, the Jobs Club co-ordinator responsible for the show, added: “We are in the early stages of planning the show, we are hoping to get lots of jobseekers on board who are keen and enthusiastic with lots of great ideas.”

This initiative is set to run alongside Harleston Information Plus’ regular weekly Jobs Club sessions, which have taken at Harleston Information Centre and Diss Library since 2009 to help out-of-work people to take up vacancies with local employers.

Julie Helsby, community support manager at Harleston Information Plus, said the organisation’s efforts had “grown and grown” over the past five years and added that the Jobs Club on Show, if successful, could bring about further grant funding for similar projects in the future.

She told the Diss Express: “There has been a definite pick up (in employment) and we have been able to help a lot of people. Local employers often come directly to us now and nine times out of ten, people get recruited. I think that’s a testament to how successful we have been.”

Anybody interested in taking part in this new project can contact 01379 851920 or email jobsclub@harleston-norfolk.org.uk