June 19 2013 Latest news:
Anna Dubuis, Reporter
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thursday is the deadline if you are unemployed and looking for free training to get you into work.
Kent’s unemployed can sign up for free employment courses from numeracy and literacy to security and stewarding which will be provided by a Northfleet charity.
There is £1 million spare in the Government’s Skills Funding Agency and organisations were given a deadline of Thursday July 5 for pitching their initiatives.
Walk Tall, in Lower Road, Northfleet, are offering training for all unemployed people aged over 19 years old.
However they must get 200 people signed up by Thursday if they are to receive a slice of the remainder money.
Ann Duke of Walk Tall explained: “They will claw the money back if it is not spent. We need 200 people signed before the agency will commit the money.
“If we don’t get it the funding will be cut and we won’t be providing any training.”
If 200 are signed up the charity then has until July 31 to get 1000 more people enrolled.
So far in the three days the charity has advertised the opportunity 25 people have signed up.
She said: “We are the only people across the county who have got enrolments and we will take this through as far as we can. If we can train all 1200 people we will.”
The training on offer ranges from equality and diversity classes, which total at eight hours, to a warehouse course lasting 100 hours. The courses are accredited through the EDI Academy.
All courses are free and do not affected benefits.
Ms Duke said: “The criteria are that you are aged 19 or over and are unemployment. You can be from anywhere. The courses will work around what people want and when they can train.”
If interested in taking part call Walk Tall on 01474 560834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The centre is also having a walk-in induction on Thursday at the centre from 11am for people to enrol.