Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry jobs shop launches in city centre

A new job shop is launching in Coventry city centre following the "success" of a similar temporary service last year.

More than 1,600 jobseekers visited the shop when it was based in the Upper Precinct for three months.

The city council said 874 people managed to find employment after using the shop or its weekly jobs club held at Coventry Transport Museum.

Advisers from the authority's jobs team will relocate to Hertford Street on Tuesday 20 March.

Unemployment figures for Coventry and Warwickshire released in February showed there were more than 19,000 people out of work and claiming benefit - some 1,300 more than the previous month.

The Labour-led council said it would work in partnership with the Careers Guidance Company in the venture.

Councillor Linda Bigham, cabinet member for city development, said: "I hope this move to a new location will prove every bit as successful as the temporary shop.

"Being able to get help from experienced advisors will be a great benefit, and it could mean the difference between getting an interview or not."

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