Help to get back into work is working

Luton Digital Skills and Employment Project is celebrating success with three participants finding paid work within weeks of each other.

The Project is a partnership between Luton Irish Forum and the Bangladesh Youth League and Diversity Training and Consultancy. The project supports anyone who is not in paid work in areas of high unemployment but is designed to benefit particularly adults aged 50+ and women, especially from Irish and other BAME communities, who are ‘economically inactive’.

“If you are currently unemployed and lack digital knowledge or other work skills, this Project is for you.” said Sue Curran, Project Manager and Tutor adding “Our ultimate objective is for participants to gain employment.”

An initial one-to-one assessment enables a tailored action plan to be created which identifies the skills a participant needs to gain or to develop in order to compete effectively in the employment marketplace. Participants are supported to develop those essential skills, ranging from absolute beginners using software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the first time. One-to-one assistance enables each person with creating their CV, searching and identifying which jobs to apply for, applying for those jobs, including writing cover letters. Participants also benefit from practical hints and tips on attending interviews and making the best first impression they can.

One of the successful candidates reflect on her experience of the Project “Sue was lovely, really reassuring and demonstrated my transferable skills which helped me see that I could get a job. We worked on my CV, job hunting, and I took AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) in Word, Excel & Power Point plus I joined LinkedIn. Within six weeks I had a job interview! Sue was great, gave me lots of tips on interview techniques and how to prepare for it so I felt really confident going into the interview and I am happy to say that I got the job,. I cannot thank Sue and the Irish Forum enough.”

For further information or to see if you are eligible for the Luton Digital Skills and Employment Project, please contact Sue at sue@lutonirishforum.org or call 01582 817069.

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Luton Digital Skills and Employment Project is a three-year project running from October 2020. It is partly funded by the European Social Fund and is free to participants.

 

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