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Need help and advice to get a job? Ask Joe!

Published on 27/03/2014

Ask Joe logo Meet Joe - Jobs, Opportunities and Employability

Young people from SmartLiving have helped create a brand new website called 'Ask Joe' to help young unemployed people get on to the employment ladder.

With help from Fixers UK, a national charity which supports young poeple aged 16 - 25, 'Ask Joe' - which stands for Jobs, Opportunities and Employability - was created as a resource four young people and contains many hints and tips the young people from SmartLiving find useful when searching for a job from how to write a CV to interview etiquette.

The young people were supported each step of the way by Fixers UK who provided the resources they needed to make their chosen project a success. Fixers has already supported more than 11,000 young people across the UK to have an authentic voice in their community. 

Kirsty Allen, 22, who has been out of work for two years and was one of the young people from SmartLiving who worked on the website, she said: "We wanted to create something that young people could relate to. As a group, we have experienced the heartache of receiving a rejection from an employer, so we understand what others are going through.  We hope that people will find this website inspiring and gain a greater knowledge of the career options available to them."

Volunteer Manager, Irene Blackburn, said: "We think the work the young people have done on 'Ask Joe' is great - we know it is going to be a really useful tool for young people who need help to get a job."

Helping young people into employment

SmartLiving runs a 12 week employability course in Falkirk which helps with skills such as preparing a CV, public speaking, understanding job adverts and completing application forms.  On completion of the course, each young person has the opportunity to become a volunteer Peer Educator with SmartLiving or take advantage of other volunteering opportunities or to undertake futher training to help achieve their goals.

Young people who volunteer with SmartLiving benefit from one-to-one practical and emotional support and access to accredited training.  The new skills they develop and the experience they gain through volunteering is vital in today's job market.  SmartLiving has an excellent track record of supporting young people to take the next step towards a job and from the latest intake all participants have either gone onto full-time employment or further education. 

SmartLiving operates in Falkirk and Fife with funding from the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund, Fife Council and Young Start.

You can find out more about Jobs, Opportunities and Employability on the 'Ask Joe' website


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