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Helping hand for over 50s

Jobseekers over the age of 50 are being given a helping hand with a new service just for them.

The Get SET 50 project has been launched in libraries across the Plymouth area to give people a bit of extra help getting back into work.

The service offers professional careers advice from Careers South West staff, tutors from Plymouth Adult and Community Learning service and trained library staff.

Jobseekers are given an interview to find out their training needs and what kind of work they are looking for. They also get free internet access and help to find information about jobs and benefits.

The project is also running a series of free, half-day workshops including CV writing, preparing for work, using Word and mock interviews.

There is also special help for carers who are over 50 and thinking about returning to work.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Oxford City Council’s cabinet member for community services, said: “The difficulty of finding work when you’re over 50 is an issue faced by many across the country. I’m pleased to see that our libraries here in Plymouth are being used as a community resource to help people in the city get back into work and that extra help is being made available for people with responsibilities as carers.”

Sally Kittle, of Plymouth Jobcentre Plus, said: “There are currently over 1,000 jobs available in Plymouth and partnerships like this give jobseekers the skills and support they need to take up these opportunities.”

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