Facebook boost for jobseekers

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A NEW online campaign is giving young people in Wigan awaiting their exam results the chance to get ahead in the jobs market.

College and university leavers from the borough swelled the numbers seeking work last summer - with more than 1,845 18 to 24-year-olds in Wigan receiving Jobseekers’ Allowance.

Now, as GCSEs and A-Level results approach, young people can get ahead of the crowd by becoming a member of the 7 Day Jobs Challenge on Facebook.

People can take part in the challenge by ‘liking’ the 7 Day Jobs Challenge page on the social networking site, which will include information, discussions and top tips about how to get one of the half a million jobs that are on offer.

Celebrities including Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots, from BBC show Dragons’ Den, and Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry will advise young people about their job search, with information ranging from how to write a CV to setting up your own business.

Cheryll Wyatt, Wigan Jobcentre Plus district manager, said: “We know that many young people are motivated to get a job, but don’t always know the best way to go about it. By doing something each day and following the tips and advice on things like how to write a CV or set up your own business, they can get it right from the start.”

Employment minister Chris Grayling said: “Although times are tough, there are jobs out there with Jobcentre Plus taking more than 10,000 new vacancies every working day.

“But just having the jobs available isn’t enough, which is why we have massively expanded work experience – changing the rules and seeking new opportunities for young people across the country.

“We are also creating around 250,000 more apprenticeships and have introduced the Work Programme, to put young people at the front of the queue for all the vacancies that employers are looking to fill.”

The 7 Day Jobs Challenge is launched on Thursday, August 18. For more information, go online at www.facebook.com/7DayJobsChallenge