Glasgow Libraries, in partnership with Jobs & Business Glasgow, have announced a further three employment outreach services in the city’s libraries, bringing the tally to fourteen citywide.
Part of Glasgow City Council’s Financial Inclusion Strategy, the employment advice service in the city’s libraries is devised to support Glaswegians to access a wide range of training courses, advice and support whilst signposting individuals on to further education and employment opportunities in the city.
Cllr Jim Coleman, Chair of Jobs & Business Glasgow, said: “By partnering with Glasgow libraries, Jobs & Business Glasgow can now offer citizens the chance to engage in a range of innovative training opportunities, from CV writing to interview skills, computer basics to literacy and numeracy skills, alongside employment support, all in the comfortable and accessible surroundings of their local library.
“Libraries are at the very heart of the community and by offering employment services in these welcoming, engaging hubs we have already seen first-hand the difference it can make to the lives of the people of our city.
“I am delighted that we will be extending the service to provide employability support in fourteen of the city’s libraries, and I look forward to creating opportunities for more people across the city to access this vital, life-changing service in their local library.”
Craig Deans from Easterhouse is just one of many citizens to turn to Jobs & Business Glasgow’s new service at ‘Library at The Bridge’. Launched in January 2017, the popular service offers employability support Monday – Friday every week.
Craig said: “It has been a real bonus to have the job club locally. I find that I get through more job searching as the library is a relaxed environment with no need to rush.”
Louis Galbraith, a regular attendee of the employment outreach service offered at Bridgeton Library, added: “I can now access this great support service in the library which is just a short distance from where I live. I’ve taken part in courses to develop my computer skills which has really helped to increase my confidence searching for jobs and I can now access free books, magazines and music. There’s no pressure, and my adviser listens to my needs. I will definitely continue to access the support and great services available here.”
The rate of unemployment in Glasgow is above the national average, with 7% of the working age population currently unemployed compared to 4.9% across Scotland. Between September 2015 and October 2016, 20,600 working age people were unemployed in the city.
Jobs & Business Glasgow’s latest figures show that the organisation has engaged with more than 16,000 unemployed people, supported more than 3,500 into work, assisted more than 7,500 into training and helped 500 people to start up a business.
Together with Glasgow Libraries, Jobs & Business Glasgow hopes to support even more Glaswegians to access employment and training opportunities city-wide, whilst offering service users a number of additional benefits associated with library membership, including access to free computer suites and public access Wi-Fi, innovative learning programmes and a wide range of books, magazines and online resources.
In addition to the service in Glasgow Libraries, Jobs & Business Glasgow deliver employability advice and support in a further 20 venues across the City. On behalf of Glasgow City Council, the organisation has moved away from branded offices in favour of accessible community venues, ensuring Glasgow residents have greater access to the support they need.
If you would like to book an appointment with Jobs & Business Glasgow at Glasgow Libraries, or are keen to find out more, please visit: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries or www.jbg.org.uk or ask staff at any of Glasgow’s 33 libraries, city-wide.