Charity’s free courses to help local people find their dream jobs in National Careers Week

By Anita Jaynes on 12 February, 2015

During National Careers Week 2015, local training charity The Learning Curve will be out in Wiltshire libraries running free courses for adults to help them develop the IT skills they need to find their dream job. National Careers Week is taking place from 2 to 6 March 2015. It is an annual celebration of careers guidance and promotes the free resources available in the education sector to help people make the right choices about their futures.

From using job searching websites and understanding how social media is now a key recruitment tool, to sending out your CV by email, the world of job searching has now moved on considerably from the days of simply scanning the classified adverts in your local paper. According to UK Online Centres, a lack of internet skills will have a negative impact on your job search:

  • 92% of jobs now require internet skills
  • 72% of employers would not even offer a job interview to someone without basic internet skills
  • 25% of jobs are now only advertised online

The Learning Curve’s free IT for Jobseekers courses take place in two 2-hour sessions and cover how to search for jobs online, getting to grips with Universal Jobmatch and how to send your CV by email. The courses are taking place in libraries across the county, including Calne, Trowbridge, Salisbury, Chippenham, Devizes and Warminster. For more information about timings and to book your place, contact The Learning Curve on 01225 792500.

The IT for Jobseekers courses also coincide with the national “Be Online” campaign run by UK Online Centres from 23 February to 8 March designed to inspire more people to use the internet to make their lives easier. The campaign has three key themes: keeping healthy online, finding work online and the skills to enjoy life online – which includes the online basics and stuff like hobbies, keeping in touch, and doing everyday tasks and chores. The Learning Curve is holding a free “Be Online” drop in session at its Melksham learning centre on Challeymead Business Park on 23 February from 1pm to 3pm. Visitors will be able to have a go at getting online with tablets, computers and laptops, as well as finding out about the range of free IT courses available, including the 6-week Get Online courses which take place in local libraries across the county. During the drop in session, light lunches and homemade cakes will be for sale in aid of local charities The Learning Curve and People Against Poverty.