Overcoming Barriers Is Easier Than You Think

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HETHER you'r e looking for work, want to gain extra skills or receive CV and interview advice, there is help at hand.

WStep Closer 2 Work is Working Neighbourhood Renewal funded, offering support to Liverpool residents who have been receiving Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance for six months or more.

Operating since autumn 2006, the team at Step Closer 2 Work has helped in excess of 500 people find a job, and more than 600 people into training.

Support is tailored to suit each individual and can include confidence-building, finding the right training, advice on how best to complete an application for m or construct a CV and the use of coaching techniques to improve interviewing skills.

Expert advisers find the right solutions and remove barriers such as financial worries associated with starting work, concerns over effects on benefits, advice on childcare, and how people can manage a health condition once in work.

Another place to turn is The Opportunities Shop, based in Bootle, which can also deliver services from other venues throughout Sefton and Liverpool.

As a Nextstep provider, they offer information, advice and guidance on all aspects of employment, education and training.

The Opportunities Shop's services are available to anyone who is looking for work or a change of career or who is interested in training or further education, and funding advice.

Fully qualified and experienced staff offer assistance to overcome barriers such as childcare, debt management and tax credits.

A pr oject specifically for 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training can help them with funding for interview clothes, clothes and equipment to start work and travel costs.

The Bootle office provides clients applying for jobs with the use of the internet, computer software and other resources. …