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RUCST receive grant from UK Steel

30 January 2014

Grant from UK Steel Enterprise helps Rotherham United Community Sports Trust support more people looking for work.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) has been awarded a grant of £1,440 from UK Steel Enterprise so it can carry on running its successful Jobshop. The Jobshop is run as a drop in session for unemployed people at Rotherham United’s New York stadium on Wednesday afternoons. It provides essential advice on CV writing, interview tips and on-line job search opportunities to help long-term unemployed people find jobs. 

Last year RUCST ran a 20 week pilot Jobshop in partnership with Job Centre Plus which proved hugely successful.

Russell Morgan is a Jobshop Tutor for the Trust and says the grant from UK Steel Enterprise is essential if the project is to continue. “We have had great success over the summer with most of the people coming to us now in full or part time employment. Basically if we did not have the grant from UK Steel we could not carry on. It’s great that we now have the funds to keep making a difference in Rotherham,” says Russell Morgan.

The Jobshop also gets support from the National Careers Service. Rob Rooker from NCS works alongside Russell, playing a key role in helping job seekers by advising them on the best way to find employment.

Allan Wood is Regional Executive for UK Steel Enterprise and says that RUCST fits perfectly with UK Steel Enterprise’s social corporate responsibility ethics. “We are committed to supporting community organisations that help people get into employment and this project has proved quite clearly that it can do that and that there is a demand for its services. It would be a shame to see a successful project like this close, which is why we are delighted to be able to support it,” says Allan Wood.

Wayne Reed (46) from Eastwood, Rotherham attends the Jobshop in the hope of finding a new job in the security industry. “I’ve found it really helpful so far. I have my SIA Door Supervisor’s Licence, CCTV Operator’s Licence and Level 2 in Spectator Control but I’m finding it hard to get in front of employers, so the help I get at the Jobshop is great,” says Wayne.

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses within the South Yorkshire area. It also supports community based organisations and helps them to make a positive difference within communities that have been affected by the changes to the UK’s steel industry. UK Steel Enterprise has strong links with regeneration and community support projects through its work with South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF).

RUCST grew out of a football in the community group. The Trust does a lot of work within the community such as running reading programmes, summer activities and community events with the aim of promoting the benefits of social inclusion, community cohesion and skills development.

“The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust continues to produce beneficial activities for the community in Rotherham, particularly with disadvantaged individuals and groups. This Jobshop is just another aspect of its excellent work and it is wonderful to hear about how effective it is in helping people back into work,” says Sue Wragg, Fund Manager for SYCF.

For further Information on RUCST's Jobshop please contact Russell Morgan on:

Phone: 01709 827767

Or call in on Wednesdays at either;

•    Montgomery Hall, Wath-upon-Dearne
Time: 10:00am and 12:00pm
•    New York Stadium
Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm

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