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Posted: 05/02/14

Free course to help unemployed back into work

Spaces are available on a free, part-time training course aimed at getting unemployed people back into work.

Training provider Vision Workforce Skills is delivering an IT and employability programme at its training centres across the country:

The course – which runs for almost 16 hours a week over an eight-week period – is designed to equip people with IT qualifications, work skills and the knowledge to assist them with re-entering the job market.

It is open to anybody aged 19 and over claiming unemployment benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support or Universal Credit.

Those successfully completing the course will achieve the BTEC Level 1 Award for IT Users, BTEC Level 1 Award in Work Skills and Level 1 Functional Skills in ICT.  Participants also have the option to achieve Microsoft certifications that are recognised by industry.

The course begins on Monday 17 February, although candidates can start any time after this date on a rolling basis.

Before enrolling, candidates must attend an induction to find out more about the course, complete a short online assessment of their Maths and English and have a short interview.

Nicola Gibson, head of IT and digital learning at Vision Workforce Skills, said: “Employability skills such as the ability to prepare for a job interview along with a good working knowledge of IT are becoming as important to employers as educational achievement.

“This unique programme is ideal for anyone currently out of work that wants to gain the skills and competencies to successfully search for a job and secure sustainable employment.

“It’s completely free and, above all, participants will be more employable at the end of it.”