College offers unemployed work focused training
MidKent College is offering a range of free courses for those who are out of work.
The courses, which are delivered through the college’s Business Development Unit, form part of an agreement with the Job Centre to provide valuable training for local people who are looking to get back into work.
The college - which has already successfully trained more than 380 people through a similar contract - will now run courses for hundreds more who are looking for work in the Medway area. The programme, called the Work Focused Training Scheme, is targeted at adults aged over 19 who have been unemployed for six to 12 months. It is only open to those who have been referred to the college by their local Job Centre.
College training consultant Carole Carter said: “Work Focused Training is a ten-day programme which helps clients gain skills in various areas, including warehousing, construction and advanced security operations.
“We delivered our first Work Focused Training contract so well, we now have a further contract to train yet more clients with the aim of finding them work.
“Clients attend their chosen course either here at MidKent College or with our partners at Mainstream Training in Sittingbourne, and leave at the end of ten days with qualifications that will have a positive impact on their employability. For example, if someone goes through our course in warehousing, they can come out with a fork-lift truck qualification, and certificates in manual handling and stock control. With these certificates they can go forward to look for work straight away.”
As well as training clients aged over 19, the college has also begun delivering the Young Person’s Guarantee - an all-new initiative offering a choice of two courses for those aged between 18 and 24 and not in education, employment or training. Another new contract will also see them offering the Young Person’s Guarantee (Routes into Work), through which industry looks to the college for specific training to meet company requirements. This new initiative is also aimed at those aged under 24 and over 18.
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