We offer a range of workshops to help with your job search and to build your skills and confidence. We have also produced some short video presentations to help you at this time. The videos will be posted on our YouTube Channel and are available for you to watch.

Please do contact us to register for our services so that we can help you in other ways, or just to let us know if you found the videos helpful.

Email: reception@people-matter.org.uk or telephone reception on: 01323 431289 or 07843 190738


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Getting a job workshop – searching and applications exploring where to look for work, getting others to help you in your search, completing job application forms and writing a cover letter to accompany your application or CV Thursday mornings

where to look for work

completing application forms and online applications

Getting a job workshop – interview techniques exploring how to prepare for an interview, body language and key interview questions Thursday mornings
Advice and options for jobseekers aged 50+ exploring the challenges and advantages of being a mature jobseeker When available
IT skills for jobseekers a six week introductory course covering basic IT skills for jobseekers When available
Confidence building a six week course for jobseekers aimed at improving confidence Friday mornings when available
Food safety and hygiene – Level 2 accredited a one day course on practical theory with pen and paper test When available
Employability skills for jobseekers aged 18-24 exploring key transferrable skills that employers are looking for When available
Volunteering workshop exploring benefits of volunteering and how to find opportunities When available


Workshops are held at our offices in South Street.

For information on dates and times, see our Events page, or to book a place on one of our workshops, please call our reception: 01323 431289

Meet our Trainers

Mike Taylor – Trainer

Mike joined the team in 2018 and now heads up our Getting a job workshops having worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years. Mike’s career culminated in a role as Head of Operations with responsibility for staff training and development. Mike is also a keen bowler (which he also coaches).

Chris Thompson – Trainer

Chris joined People Matter in 2022 after a 35 year career in the financial services and IT industries. As well as offering our workshop ‘IT skills for Jobseekers’, Chris also supports jobseekers in the Job Club. When not volunteering, Chris is a keen musician and sailor.

Sarah MackenzieClient Administrator and Trainer

Sarah joined People Matter as a trustee in 2020. Keen to learn more about how People Matter works she now provides support as a Client Administrator, working from home checking in with clients to update their circumstances. Sarah also brings her experience as a professional caterer and trainer to People Matter by providing our Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene.

Amanda Hughes Operations Manager and Trainer

Amanda provides provides training, help and support to individual jobseekers on IT skills.

Ann GillardCEO and Trainer

Ann oversees our courses and training programmes to make sure we’re offering sessions that are helpful for jobseekers.

Carol HyattDirector of Operations and Trainer

Carol joined People Matter in 2010 originally to help and provide cover for the Getting a Job Workshops and was soon also supporting jobseekers using our Job Club. Carol has an MA in Education and a PGCE in Further Education and Training. Carol now reviews client feedback from our courses to make sure that clients can develop and progress.

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