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Help to find a job

Facing redundancy or lost your job?

If you're facing redundancy or have lost your job, help and advice is available.

Free help and advice with finding another job, training or starting your own business is available from the Council's information, advice and guidance service along with support from our five work clubs.

Based at Audley and Queen's Park neighbourhood learning centre and Bank Top neighbourhood learning centre, staff can advise on job searching, training, preparing CVs and coping with interviews.

The centres offer free access to newspapers, the internet, fax and telephone to help job seekers and a wide range of learning opportunities.

Audley and Queen's Park neighbourhood learning centre
Pringle Street, Blackburn, BB1 1SF
Tel: (01254) 507720

Bank Top neighbourhood learning centre
Arthur Way, Blackburn, BB2 1QP
Tel: (01254) 581175


Work clubs

Work Clubs provide the opportunity for people to meet others looking for work, build new contacts and share job hunting experiences. 

Attendees can have access to either PCs or tablets with internet access along with staff support with job searching [depending on venue].

Referrals can also be made to Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Officers where people can get advice and help with interview techniques, CVs and even volunteering opportunities. Advice is also on offer for those wishing to access training courses.

Click here to see the days and venues for Work Clubs in Blackburn with Darwen.

First steps into employment course

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council runs a free four week 'First steps into employment' course held two days per week between 9.30am and 3pm.  On the course people can learn about employability skills, CV preparation, writing professional letters, completing application forms, interview skills, confidence building and lots more.  People can also complete a first aid and food and hygiene qualification.  After completing the course the guidance service is on hand to provide ongoing support, and help people to complete a literacy and numeracy qualification.   The course is open to everyone, and may suit the long term unemployed.  

For more information about this course please contact Marie Coleman on (01254) 707551 or Chris Truckle on (01254) 581175.  The courses are held at Audley Neighbourhood and Learning Centre and Bank Top Neighbourhood and Learning Centre.

'Doing careers differently'

The Royal Association for Disability Rights has published a guide written by and for people with experience of disability or health conditions on how to make a successful career.

Doing Careers Differently is aimed at those who are just starting out, those rethinking their career, or those who want some inspiration.

Sections covered include education and training, mentoring, personal development, internships, interviews, networking and what to do about disclosing a disability to an employer. The guide also outlines equality legislation around employment and explains how to deal with difficult situations and difficult people day to day, without having to resort to the law.

To download a copy of the guide click here

'Age of Opportunity' service

The 'Age of Opportunity' service helps people over 50 who would like to work again.  Click here to visit their website and find out more.

'Invest in Youth' service

The 'Invest in Youth' service helps people under 25 who would like to work again.  Click here to visit their website and find out more.

Free support is available to help you find a job and get back into work

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