Church opens doors to a new job club

Pastor Joseph Aderibigbe who will lead the new job club in Kirkcaldy. Pic: George McLuskie
Pastor Joseph Aderibigbe who will lead the new job club in Kirkcaldy. Pic: George McLuskie

Jobseekers are being invited to attend free one-to-one training sessions at a Kirkcaldy church to help them get back into the workplace.

Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Open Heavens Fife have been working with local charity Christians Against Poverty to offer debt counselling.

And it was through this the church found there was a need to offer a new job club service in the town.

Pastor Joseph Aderibigbe told The Press it is hoped the free weekly workshops will boost the job-hunting process for unemployed people by equipping them with the tools, confidence and skills to find work. It is planned to launch the club in the New Year. He said: “With more people facing long-term unemployment there is a real need for a personal service which provides practical and emotional support for people to find work again.

“We intend to run the sessions for 10 people over 10 weeks initially. We are starting off with a small number to see how it works and what the response is like.

“I have spoken to people who are looking for work and they have said the time they are given in a job centre is not enough to be able to help them properly. They are looking for one-to-one coaching to support them as they try to find a job.”

Pastor Joseph said the sessions will run on a Friday between noon and 2.00 p.m. with jobseekers given a workbook to complete. The weekly course - which launches on January 9 at Redemption House in Victoria Gardens, Kirkcaldy - will offer: one-to-one consultations, group support and practical sessions that cover identifying strengths, CV writing, interview techniques as well as computer skills.

He added: “People don’t have to be religious to take part.We just want to help them gain the confidence and skills they need to find employment particularly those who have been out of work for a long time.”

To book a place, visit www.capjobclubs.org or call (01274) 761950.