Unemployed people who want to gain qualifications to help them find work are being given a helping hand.
They can sign up for adult learning courses for FREE in a move designed to help get jobless people back into work.
Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for skills, enterprise and employment. said: “Our adult learning service does a great job and they organise a wide variety of courses. But our priority must be on those courses which will help give people the skills and qualifications which will get them into work and progress into better jobs.
“Increasingly employers are looking for Level 2 qualifications as a minimum – those people who don’t achieve this level risk becoming long-term jobless.
“Our focus has to be on getting people skilled up so that they can either find work or move on to better jobs.
“It is not just about helping individuals . It is making Liverpool a city with a highly skilled workforce which will make it more attractive to employers.”
The free courses apply to those:
• Receiving Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
• Receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work related activity group (WRAG), or
• Receiving Universal Credit because they are unemployed, and who are mandated to undertake skills training.
• People learning English, mathematics, functional skills (language, literacy and numeracy)
• People who are unemployed and receive state benefits and who want to enter employment and believe skills training will help them to do so.
• Learners who have a learning difficulty or disability and who are over 25 years of age.
• Individuals who are unemployed and receive any state benefits not listed above but who want to enter employment and believe skills training will help them to do so.
• entry or level 1 qualification aims
• First full level 2 qualification
• first full level 3 qualification
Fees , which have been adjusted this year , apply to all other courses.