Great News for Torrington Job Club

Diversification and Training is the way forward to help combat rises in unemployment since the Covid Pandemic!

Grant funding opens new Career Opportunities for

Torrington Job Club Members


EU Social FundThe Torrington Job Club which was set up as a part of the ESF and ESFA Community Grants Project in January of this year, had an unexpected boost to help two local Torrington men increase their options to find new employment into a progression from the project.

The Community Grants project which offers a free and friendly course, to support you into work, or a course that will enable your potential to secure work. We offer professional guidance with CVs, cover letters, and speculative letters. We offer mock interviews, to totally prepare you for the real thing! We can support and advise you; identify funding and training; assist with online job search and email set up.

Iain Harris who runs the Job Club from Torrington Town & Community Hall every Monday from 10am to 1pm has seen a significant rise in the number of people attending the weekly job club and is acutely aware that number are likely to increase with the rise in redundancies resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic and says.  ‘Unfortunately, we are facing very challenging times and we need to do all we can to help get people back in work.’

When 35-year-old Darryl Laughton lost his job as a welding fabricator at the onset of Covid, he was devastated as he has three young children and a partner to care for and said, ‘My partner Jasmine works part-time at Tesco and the drop in our weekly income was a massive blow to us as a family. After attending the Community Grants Torrington Job Club, Iain managed to find me a Vehicle Accident Repair course for me to attend at Petroc and this has given me new hope and widened the possibility of me securing work in the future.  There were no jobs in the welding sector but now I am doing something I love, learning new skills and hoping to find a job after my one-year course ends.’

29-year-old Jacob Lock has also managed to increase his job prospects by gaining a competency certificate in construction.  Jacob has been unemployed for 2 years, after losing his driving license which resulted in him losing his job, commented.  ‘When I came to the Job Club I explained to Iain that I wanted to get back into the construction section and when he suggested that he would try and find funding so I could get an upgraded Construction Plant Competence Scheme and increase my job prospects, I was thrilled.’  Jacob is also immensely grateful to Michael Lee of J.T. & M.J Lee for letting him get much needed practise on the company’s plant equipment and adds, ‘I would advise anyone in Torrington or surrounding area who looking for employment to visit the Torrington Job Club because they are so supportive and give you real hope during these hugely challenging times.’

Iain Harris, co-ordinator of the Job Club successfully applied to local charity Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity to fund the progressions into learning for Darryl and Jacob and is confident the new training and additional skills set the chaps will acquire will enhance their chances of finding employment in the future and says,  ‘We are indebted to the Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity for such important funding which will make a huge difference to our clients.

Richard Rumbold, Chair of the Great Torrington Town & Land Charities commented, ‘It gives the Trustees a great deal of pleasure to know that we have helped these two gentlemen improve their job prospects at this difficult time and we wish them every success in the future.’

The Torrington Job Club runs from the Torrington Town and Community Hall every Monday from 10am to 1pm .  New clients should ring  07377563829 to arrange an appointment to sign up to this project. Alternatively, you can call into Torrington Town Hall on a Monday (between 10am and 1pm) to arrange an appointment.

Please bring ID with you, in case we can see you immediately. ID required is DWP/Jobcentre Plus benefits notification letter, or written confirmation/ referral from DWP/ Jobcentre Plus or similar from a Careers Service. Additionally, a full passport, or ID card, or Birth or Marriage Certificate is required to confirm right to live and work in the UK.


Notes to the editor

European Social Fund

The Petroc Community Grants Fund project is receiving up to £ 900,000.00 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Petroc Community Grant Fund

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