Woodley job advice service is made redundantBy Caroline Cook
November 28, 2011
A job support service in Woodley has been forced to close its doors because there are not enough people asking for help and advice.
The number of job seekers using the Woodley branch of the Wokingham Job Support Centre (WJSC) has fallen so low that bosses have made the decision to stop the service.
WJSC advisor Ellison Withe said: “The problem the support centre had was a lack of demand and we tried to raise awareness and still the interest did not exist.
“There comes a time when, because of the numbers and because the budget is tight, you have to say reluctantly that it is closing.
“We had advisors who would go and base themselves there and sit there all morning and they wouldn’t see anyone.”
Volunteers from the WJSC, which is based at The Cornerstone in Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, held weekly sessions at The Oakwood Centre in Headley Road every Tuesday but some became disheartened at the lack of interest in the service.
Mr Withe said the centre could not understand why there were not more people using the service given the current economic climate.
He said: “It is something which has baffled the Wokingham Job Support Centre.
“They all felt there should be the demand and despite raising the awareness about the centre people just didn’t use it.
“We are going through some very strange times at the moment.”
The WJSC aims to provide advice to people looking for work as well as helping to improve their CVs and interview techniques.
Jobseekers in Woodley who require help or support can still visit the WJSC in Wokingham for confidential help and advice.
The centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm and there is three hours free parking outside.