PEOPLE in search of work gave their job prospects a boost when they climbed aboard a special bus to receive advice and tips.

Ellesmere Port Market played host to the learndirect and bus, which offers support to residents who are unemployed, affected by redundancy or worried about their job security.

Visitors stepping aboard the bus were given help in putting together CVs, tips on interviews and details of how to obtain the skills employers are looking for.

Resident James Ward, 52, who has been unemployed for more than a year, said: “I came to the bus to find out information about English courses. I’ve always struggled with writing and it’s really held me back while trying to fill in job applications.

“I’d like to get back into the building trade but I am getting a bit old for doing the type of thing I’ve done before, so I will need to improve my writing skills to prepare myself for work as well.

“I’ve tried to do courses with other providers before but found it really hard not having the one-to-one support which I can get at learndirect.

“The learndirect adviser was lovely and really helpful, and I’m going to go and make an appointment at the local centre as soon as I can, to talk to them about which courses are right for me.”

Graham Whitehead, regional performance director at learndirect, said: “We’re delighted to have had so many people aboard the learndirect bus here in Ellesmere Port.

“Many locals are still feeling the impact of the recession, so it’s important for us to show what support is available to help them get back into work.”

Julian Acquari, managing director of jobs website, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to help people in Ellesmere Port find out more about not only improving their skills but also where they can go to get job searching advice.”

For more information about improving your job prospects, visit or call 0800 111 4167.