Greater Manchester East Job Plus Issue: 01 and West District Wigan, Leigh, Atherton & Ashton-In-Makerfield Edition “A WONDERFUL ADVERTISEMENT Welcome to FOR NEW DEAL”… Job Plus the Greater Manchester East and West newsletter. This is the first issue in a quarterly newsletter bringing you news and information from around the district with a local flavour. We will publish stories that show how people have found their way into work no matter what their circumstances are and give you some help and advice. We will highlight the … One of the best Devastated to lose his job in support and advice we employees I have ever construction Jason returned can give. had,” is what Janet Minto to receive the support of his We hope you enjoy this from Mint Joinery in Wigan New Deal Adviser. issue and welcome any said when she employed Determined to get him comments. Jason Foster. Jason first another job, Cathy contacted met with his New Deal Mint Joinery, a local building In this issue you can Personal Adviser, Cathy and joinery company who read about: Green, in Sept 2006 when he had previously recruited via • Lone Parent Advisers joined New Deal. New Deal. At the time they • What is a Work Trial? Jason who has a small child had no vacancies but kept • New Deal Success and partner was very keen to him in mind. A few weeks • Leigh Sports Village find work, particularly after later it was arranged for previously claiming Jason to start on a work trial • Wigan Jobs fair incapacity benefit and been with them, from which he • About Jobcentre Pus through the New Deal was successful in securing a • Useful Contacts programme before. It wasn’t full time permanent job. The long before Jason secured rest is history. Jobcentre Plus himself an employer who District Office wanted to take him on via the Othen House New Deal Employment 7 Oldham Road Option. With the help of Middleton Cathy his New Deal Personal Manchester Adviser, Jason started work. M24 1BX However 4 months later the www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk employer lost contracts and could not keep Jason on. Could a Jobcentre Plus Lone Parent Adviser help you? “I’d love to go Since 1998 over half a million single back to work, parents have been helped back into work through New Deal for Lone parents. but I don’t know where to start?” Nearly 100,000 people are currently participating in the programme, which “I’d love to go offers: back to work, • A Personal Adviser but what about • Access to training my benefits?” • One to one help with job searching • Help with childcare and travel costs “I’d love to go • Fast track applications to in-work benefits back to work, • Job grants but who’ll look after my kids?” New Deal for lone parent advisers at Jobcentre Plus offices are in touch with employers across the district and have Launched in October 1998 and gives access to a wide range of flexible part time single parents the opportunity to and full time vacancies that meet the develop their skills together with needs of single parents. assistance to find a job that suits their lifestyle, including childcare Contact your local Jobcentre Plus responsibilities. office to arrange an appointment. If you are looking for work phone New Deal Lone Parent Advisers Jobseeker Direct on: are working from Children Centres 0845 6060 234 across the borough.... Text phone* 0845 6055 255 Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm Chris Holmes and Chris Parkinson from Wigan Jobcentre are at Children’s Centres in • Hindley – every Tuesday morning • Platt Bridge – every Thursday morning Or visit our website: • Westfield – every Monday afternoon and • Shevington Library – every Wednesday am jobcentreplus www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk Denise Welsby from A-In-M Jobcentre is at • Ashton Centre – Monthly Monday morning • Golborne Library – Monthly Tuesday 1-3pm For employers needing to fill • Ashton Library – Monthly Wednesday 1-3pm vacancies phone Employer Direct on: Diane Leyland from Leigh Jobcentre is at 0845 601 2001 • Higher Fold Job Shop – Thursday mornings Text phone* 0845 601 2002 Deborah Leatherbarrow also from Leigh is at Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm • Leigh Central – Monday mornings. Pam Kelly from Atherton Jobcentre is at * Text phones are a service for customers • Tyldesley Surestart – every other Monday pm with speech or hearing difficulties. They don’t • Atherton Community Centre – by appointment accept texts from mobile phones. What is a Work Trial? Work Trial is a programme thatgives you the chance to try out a job with an employer for up to 15 days. You’ll carry on receiving your benefits while you’re on trial, so it’s a risk-free way of finding out if a position is right for you. If your employer offers you a job at the end of your Work Trial period and you accept it, it does not mean that all financial help will end – you may be eligible for some in- work benefits and tax credits. For more information on Work Trial, visit www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk or Leigh Sports Village is the biggest contact your local jobcentre Plus office. investment in public sport and recreational facilities in the Wigan Borough for many years and will transform Leigh into one of the finest hubs of activity in the North West. Future Events The extensive facilities include Athletics track, 3rd Generation artificial and grass sports pitches, Sports Centre, Sixth Form College, Leisure and Retail Outlets including a Four Star Hotel. The centrepiece of the development is a 10,000- seater stadium, which will be the new home of Leigh Centurions Rugby League team, and Leigh RMI football team. As this facility starts to be handed over we seek to recruit a number of personnel who will play a key role in the opening and operation of the Leigh Sports Village Complex. Ask at your local jobcentre about job opportunities or log onto www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/recruitment In September 2007 Jobs Fair – Thurs 20th September Wigan Investment Centre 10am- Did you know? 4pm. There will be jobs in retail, The National Minimum Wage rates hospitality, manufacturing, banking, from October 2007 will be call centre, care, public sector, recruitment agencies and others. • £5.52 per hour for 22 year olds and over New Tesco Store in Haydock – • £4.60 per hour for 18-21 year open recruitment for 200 new jobs olds – contact your local jobcentre for • £3.40 per hour for 16-17 year more information olds Local Jobcentres YOU CAN DO IT WHEN Ashton-In-Makerfield 01942 755600 Atherton 01942 755900 YOU IT Leigh 01942 263700 TNG centres in the North West are Wigan 01942 752100 currently working in collaboration with Textphone 01942 758021 B&Q. Useful Contacts For part of this venture, placement officers are in the process of spending a day in the store Tax credits 0845 300 3900 working with B&Q staff, with the idea that our Child Benefit 0800 302 1444 staff will have a greater understanding of what Disability living Allowance 0845 712 3456 jobs are available and will therefore be better equipped with what the placement entails. If you need to claim benefit: Contact centre 0800 0 55 66 88 So far, Amie Collier and Alistair Atkinson Textphone* 0800 0 23 48 88 (pictured above) from the Leigh centre have Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm spent the day at B&Q, where they found the staff friendly and welcoming. They even Benefit / Social fund/ Crisis Loan managed to sell a Barbeque and Strimmer between them! We look forward to working Bolton Benefit Delivery Centre with B&Q in the future to ensure job seeker success. 01204 367000 Bury Benefit Delivery Centre 0161 762200 After successfully completing his New Deal Gateway programme with Inspire 2 Crisis Loan - 01204 367000. Independence in Wigan, Mark Ferguson secured a job with Asda. He achieved this Social Fund – 01942 758000 with support from Simon at Inspire 2 (funeral payments ring 01204 367000) Independence who helped him with Phone calls are charged at standard rate. Phone lines are open application forms and interview techniques Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday 10am to 5pm. before arranged for a one day work taster with Asda followed by a job interview. Has jobcentreplus helped you or made a difference to your life? If you want to tell your story, please contact us or speak to a member of staff in your local office.