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Guildford Online Job Club

A free virtual Job Club is available for Guildford residents. It launched in 2020 to support local economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

The job club:

  • can support up to 100 members
  • helps school leavers and graduates
  • is open to the unemployed and those facing redundancy 

The Job Club is delivered by The Stuart Mitchell Group. It helps individuals to understand their personal characteristics, qualities, skills and strengths. It guides them towards new career options involving employment, enterprise or volunteering.  

Business experts will help individuals learn new skills. The club will help people to return to employment or start a business of their own. This is through online lectures, group workshops, one-to-one mentoring, training and educational resources. Practical advice will include CV-writing and interview techniques. Participants can use a community forum to support each other.

Kickstart Scheme 

The Kickstart scheme has created work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. 

The Job Club supports the government's Kickstart Scheme for 16-24-year-olds.

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme.

Are you an organisation interested in creating quality work placements for young people aged 16-24? The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to help employers do just that. To learn more, visit Kickstart Scheme for employers. 

As a gateway organisation to the Kickstart Scheme, the Surrey Chamber of Commerce has helped businesses set up Kickstart placements. If you have any questions, contact kickstart@surrey-chambers.co.uk.

Applications for funding closes on 17 December 2021.

Skills for Employment scheme

The Job Club is part of the council's Skills for Employment initiative.

The Skills for Employment scheme will:

  • see how skills can be adapted and transferred between employers and business sectors
  •  look at new industries such as green technology
  • will look at collaboration opportunities through referrals and partnerships

The scheme will work with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus. Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses will be involved. 

Apprenticeships

To find out more about apprenticeships information is available from the Apprenticeship Hub.