Charity helps jobless get online in hunt for work

A CHARITY which provides help and support to people looking for employment has backed the Gazette’s Keep Northumberland Working campaign, while promoting a new service to provide jobseekers with online skills.

Learning Choices (Northumberland) Ltd was set up in 1999 and over the years has helped hundreds of people find a job.

With the numbers of people on Jobseeker’s Allowance increasing by 10.6 per cent in the county over the last 12 months, it is determined to do more to tackle the rise and has a number of activities going on each week that people can access free of charge.

From its offices in Alnwick, Berwick and Blyth, it will be holding special events and giving internet access to anyone wanting to go online for the first time, as part of the national New Year, new online you! initiative.

And it is supporting the Gazette’s campaign – run across our publisher Northeast Press’s titles – to champion what Northumberland has to offer.

Linda Hannam, chief executive officer at Learning Choices (Northumberland) Ltd, said: “We are backing the Northumberland Gazette’s campaign to Keep Northumberland Working and are working closely with Jobcentre Plus to provide training and support for local people looking for work.

“At our training centres in Alnwick, Berwick and Blyth, staff are working with individuals to improve their ability to apply for jobs as well as providing opportunities to complete training courses in information technology, maths, English and employability, designed to improve their skills and make their CV more attractive to potential employers.

“Anyone can drop in to get help with looking for and applying for work. Learning Choices are also encouraging local employers to contact them with details of vacancies they are trying to fill.”

The New Year, new online you! initiative runs until February 17 and is designed to spread the word about the great services available online, including searching for jobs, finding health information and learning more about pensions and benefits.

At any time during the campaign you can drop in to the Learning Choices offices and discover more about IT and the internet.

Anyone who comes in to one of the centres during the initiative, to complete the basics course, will get a £5 gift voucher.

For more information, contact Learning Choices Offices at Alnwick on 01665 605055, Berwick on 01289 330519 and Blyth 01670 on 01670 359777.