Job Club Training Overview

The Job Club provides a range of pre-development training to job seekers.  This training is group based and allows participants to focus on what is important to them.

Winning New Opportunities for Job Seekers


Winning New Opportunities (WNO) is a 20-hour training programme for people who are unemployed which aims to enhance re-employment, return to education or volunteering, as well as improving the mental health of unemployed people. Target groups for the programmes include: recently unemployed people, young unemployed people, long-term unemployed, and people with disabilities, including mental health problems, young people pre-employment and early school leavers at risk of becoming unemployed.  The WNO programme is based on the JOBS Programme which was developed in 1984 in the Michigan Prevention Research Centre, USA.

The aim of the WNO programme is to provide job-seeking skills to promote re-employment and to combat feelings of anxiety, helplessness and depression among the unemployed. The WNO Programme, which has been extensively evaluated, has produced very impressive results and has been implemented in a number of countries including the United States, China, the Netherlands, Poland and Finland.

An Irish version of the programme was piloted on a cross-border basis in collaboration with a range of training, employment and health agencies in 2002.

A major evaluation study on the WNO Programme in Ireland was carried out by the Centre for Health Promotion Research, NUI Galway, which yielded a number of positive results.

Findings include:

  • The programme was well received by both trainers and participants alike. Both trainers and participants responded positively and were convinced of the worth and viability of the programme.
  • At 12 months follow-up, the programme effect on re-employment was clearly significant with 47.7% of the intervention group employed compared to 16.8% of the comparison group.
  • Clear significant effects on improving job-seeking efficacy, that is, people’s confidence in searching for a job, at four months post-intervention.
  • WNO also had a significant effect on inoculation against setbacks, that is, the ability to deal with difficulties in job search efforts.  These variables were identified in previous studies as key mediators of the effectiveness of the programme.
  • Those participants who were short-term unemployed at baseline were significantly more likely to be re-employed at four months follow-up.

WNO is implemented through a multi-agency partnership. Partners include FAS, VEC, STEER, Community Development Projects, Tuath, Partnership Companies and the Health Service Executive. Each agency takes responsibility to promote and deliver or support the delivery of programmes within their own agency or on a collaborative basis between partner agencies.

Health Promotion Services, March 2010

Winning New Opportunities – Course Outline:

Week 1

1.            Discovering Your Job Skills (Part 1)

2.            Demonstration of Ineffective & Effective Interviews

3.            Brainstorming Exercise – Thinking Like an Employer

4.            Identifying Strengths and Skills

5.            Using Concrete Examples to Describe Strengths and Skills

6.            Dealing with Obstacles to Employment (Part 2)

7.            Perceived Obstacles & Challenges Faced by Participants

8.            Defusing Employers Fears: Dealing with Perceived Obstacles to Employment

9.            Participants Practice A Concrete Example

10.          Job searching – Internet & Email (12 noon – 1 pm daily)

Week 2

1.            Finding Job Openings (Part 1)

2.            Networking

3.            Informational Interviews

4.            Curriculum Vitaes

5.            Curriculum Vitaes, Contacts & Interviewing (Part 2)

6.            Curriculum Vitae Workshop

7.            Direct Phone Contact

8.            Interviewing: Part 1- Thinking Like the Employer

9.            Interviewing: Part 2 – Controlling the Direction

10.          Job searching – Internet & Email (12 noon – 1 pm daily)

Week 3

1             The Complete Interview & Planning for Setbacks Interviewing: Part 2 – Controlling the Direction (continued)

2.            Interviewing: Part 3 -Closing the Interview & the Complete Interview

3.            Planning for Setbacks

4.            Job searching – Internet & Email (12 noon – 1 pm daily)

‘Taking Control’ workshop. 

Aim of the Course:

The overall purpose of the course is to engage with individuals as part of a working group and explore practical ways of facing life challenges and maintaining and taking control of physical and mental well-being.

Ethos of the Course:


The essential theme that runs through every aspect of this course is that of resilience. By its very definition, resilience is an ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity or the like. During the course of our lives, we will face many challenges, which will test our levels of resilience and how we recover from these challenges will depend very much on our life experience, skills abilities and support networks.

The course intends to explore all of these areas, assisting individuals to explore their life experiences to date and what they have learned from these and in doing so, encouraging individuals to acknowledge their skills and abilities and how they can use these in structured way to overcome periods of adversity in their lives.

• To raise awareness of the challenges that can confront individuals when experiencing a change in life’s circumstances

• To assist individuals in recognising the most important and positive aspects of their lives and raise awareness of the skills and abilities within each individual.

• To gain a better understanding of stress, how it affects us and how we can manage it.

•  To provide an insight into goal setting, the various stages involved in achieving our goals and how our dreams can inspire us to reach our targets.

Benefits to Participants:

The course has been designed to assist those who perhaps may be facing a period of uncertainty as a result of changing life circumstances e.g. ill health, unemployment, financial difficulties, relationship difficulties etc.  The course aims to provide participants with the coping skills necessary to overcome these challenges and in doing so to avoid any adverse effects to mental and physical well-being.

  • Having an opportunity to explore the most important aspects of the lives and realise the essential components within their lives that contribute to each individuals happiness.
  • Raising awareness of the dangers of increased stress levels and identifying personal stressors
  • Information on stress management, coping skills and wellness tools.
  • Structured goal setting
  • Identifying and establishing a support network
  • Planning resilience building.


Module 1 – Taking Stock of my life

  • Value Systems, What is important to you?
  • Your positives, your talents & skills
  • Wellness Barometers ‘checking in’

Module 2 – My coping skills

  • What is stress? What are stressors? Your role in stress? What does it feel like, how can you reduce stress? Action plans.

Module 3 – Changing the weather in Your Head.

  • Signposts and Support Systems. What do you have? What do you need? Where could you get this? How can you support yourself?

Module 4:  Being Resilient

  • What is resilience? Group discussions and comments.  Concrete steps to achieving your goals

Interested in taking part in this training?

Contact Catherine or Linda on 0505 23379 or email:

/roscrea.jobclub@ntlp.e  – Facebook us at Roscrea JobClub or Twitter: Roscrea JobClub

[1] This resource manual was adapted from the work of John H. Gingrich, Trainer, Paula D. Wishart, Training Supervisor, Michigan Prevention Research Centre, (1997) from the work of Joan Curran and the JOBS Project staff (1992).[1]


*NEW* Job Hunting online – After finishing this part of course, participants will know how to:

  • Search and apply for jobs online
  • Save your search results and sign up for job alerts
  • Develop and send your CV online
  • Complete application forms

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