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New Training Scheme helps unemployed back into work

27th November 2009 <b>New</b> Training Scheme helps unemployed back into work

A new government funded training scheme to help people get back into work is under way at Calderdale College.

A new government funded training scheme to help people get back into work is under way at Calderdale College.

The ‘Work Focused Training’ programme is part of a package of measures announced by the government earlier this year. It offers free training and qualifications for people aged 25 and over who have been unemployed and claiming Jobseekers Allowance for six months or more. Working with Jobcentre Plus, Calderdale College offers five-week courses of just under 16 hours a week in either Business Administration or Care.

"Seven out of ten jobs advertised locally are in these sectors so this is where we’re focusing the training", said Zaheer Khalil, Calderdale College project manager for the scheme. "The idea is to move people quickly into short, focused training and then to help with finding employment. We can also offer free ongoing training with our Train to Gain package once they’re in work, which is a bonus for employers."

 “People on this course are from all sorts of backgrounds, skill levels and abilities”, he added. “It’s mainly about re-skilling people who’ve been working in other sectors, or providing qualifications for people who may have experience but not the certification to back it up. However we’ve also had some people with high level qualifications who have found that the course rebuilds confidence.”

The Business Administration course offers three main options: a unit of the Level 2 City & Guilds Technical Certificate, a Level 3 ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) Award in First Line Management, or Business Finance which covers manual book-keeping and Computerised Accounts (SAGE). The Care course works towards a Health & Social Care Technical Certificate and is suitable for people wanting to work in areas such as with the elderly or the young, or who are interested in a career in healthcare or social work.

“The scheme was introduced in June” said Gillian Ritchie, Halifax customer services operations manager for Jobcentre Plus. “Numbers are really picking up and 18 people have now completed the course, with another 60 currently on the programme. In total, there are 400 places available. This training will really improve our customers’ chances of finding work and we want as many people as possible to take advantage of it before it draws to a close in June 2010.”

Four people from the programme have already found work at Calderdale College as learning link tutors, providing students with study support. One of these, Robin Murray, 46, was the first person to sign up for the scheme. He has an HND in Business and has worked at company secretary and director level, but had been unemployed for 15 months before starting the course. “Although I already had skills, it helped me to get out and back into a routine”, he said. “If you’ve had a long period of unemployment, it can be difficult to go out and meet people. It’s about breaking down barriers.”

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