So­cial me­dia train­ing on hand to help job­less

Macclesfield Express - - CHILDREN IN NEED - STU­ART GREER

PEO­PLE out of work in Mac­cles­field are be­ing trained to use so­cial me­dia to boost their job prospects.

Job Cen­tre in Mac­cles­field has em­barked on a pi­lot scheme coach­ing those out of work in how to use Face­book and Twit­ter to find op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Alan Baines, re­gional man­ager of Job­cen­tre Plus cov­er­ing Mac­cles­field, said the new train­ing was es­sen­tial in an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket.

He said: “The days have

Plus changed when you just go to the Job Cen­tre to look at va­can­cies.

“Most jobs are on­line and so­cial me­dia can be a great way to keep in touch with va­can­cies.

“We are in a very com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket and those not in work are be­ing en­cour­aged to use so­cial me­dia to find jobs.

“Em­ploy­ers are in­creas­ingly us­ing so­cial me­dia to find ap­pli­cants.

“The coach­ing on of­fer will help them im­prove their so­cial me­dia pres­ence.

“We are also teach­ing them to use Twit­ter to sign up for daily hints on job hunt­ing.”

Oc­to­ber saw an­other drop in job­less fig­ures in Mac­cles­field to 443 peo­ple claim­ing Job Seek­ers’ Al­lowance.

It is the 27th suc­ces­sive month the un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures have fallen in the town.

The fig­ure rep­re­sents a mas­sive fall from a peak of 1,688 in July 2009 at the height of the re­ces­sion.

A break­down of Oc­to­ber’s fig­ures re­veals there were 65 peo­ple aged 18-24 claim­ing JSA, 215 aged 25-49 and 160 aged 50 or over.

Two thirds of the to­tal out of work – 311 – are males, com­pared to 132 fe­males.

Fig­ures also show the amount of time peo­ple have been out of work.

A third of job­less peo­ple – 145 – claim­ing JSA have been out of work for more than a year.

A fur­ther 55 peo­ple have been un­em­ployed for be­tween six and 12 months, and 240 have been out of work for less than six months.

Mr Baines said it was en­cour­ag­ing that long term un­em­ploy­ment was fall­ing but more must be done to get peo­ple back into work.

He said: “Long term un­em­ploy­ment in the North West is down by 25 per cent com­pared to last year, which is an en­cour­ag­ing po­si­tion.

“The prob­lem with those who have not been in a job for a while is that they can lose touch with the Job Cen­tre over time and start to de­velop gaps in their work history, making get­ting work more chal­leng­ing.”

‘The coach­ing on of­fer will help them im­prove their so­cial me­dia pres­ence’

●● The So­ci­ety Rooms re­ceived a plat­inum award for its toi­lets at the Loo of the Year Awards

●● Job Cen­tre Plus in Mac­cles­field is coach­ing peo­ple on how to utilise so­cial me­dia to find work

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