TryZone launched the Headingley Work Club in January 2014. The provision supports unemployed people in the Headingley area when seeking employment. The provision includes assistance with CV writing, registering with Universal Jobmatch and other online agencies, job seeking and mock interviews while also providing them with the opportunity to meet other people to share job hunting experiences.

The success of the Work Club is down to the personalised teaching programme, which has focussed on assessing the needs of individuals and working with them to address these to best prepare them for work. This has involved teaching some of the members how to speak and read English, preparing them for GCSE’s and equipping them with the right skills for interviews. The charity also delivers a range of courses alongside Work Club as part of the Leeds City Council Community Learning Employment and Skills programme including: Preparing for Interview, Preparing for Work and Basic ICT for Jobseekers.

Case Study 1

“I came to the UK from Nepal and the first time I came to TryZone I was a bit confused and a bit frightened but after a while the friendly environment and the helpful manner of everyone made me happy and welcome. It not only helps us job search but it also provides English classes for those who are not good with English. When I came here I lacked interview skills so Jaci set up an interview skills class and that really improved my confidence and helped me with interview questions and other things like what to wear.”

Case Study 2

“I am originally from Pakistan but have lived here for 11 years. Before coming to TryZone my English speaking was limited and I could not read at all. Now after attending here it has helped me so much and I am now able to read which has helped change my life and it is something I really enjoy. I have been doing an ESOL course and this has all helped me look for work and put together a CV.”

If you would like to find out more information about the Headingley Work Club or find out how you or your company could get involved in it, please contact Jaci Hawkins on 07817 018603 or e-mail

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