A CHRISTIAN charity is extending it’s helping hand to the city’s jobless.
The Salvation Army is launching a new IT course aimed specifically at helping people without home computers to get to grips with technology and get a qualification at the same time.
The IT Skills Job club, based at he groups Harrington Street headquarters, will provide people with sufficient training to be able to search for jobs and make online applications.
It is also hoped they will be able to use the facility for things like registering for social housing and bidding for properties.
Captain Dr Alex Cadagon said: “We are desperately keen to help those who are in most need of perhaps some skills and relevant training with computers to find work.”
The church already runs a job club but wanted to make more use of it’s computer suite by responding a demand for IT help.
Cpt Cadogan said they number of people who use the services lacked either confidence or ability to use the internet.
He added: “We already operate a drop-in service and a weekly job club but this new course carries City and Guild accreditation. We are offering it to the unemployed so we can give them the skills they need to be able to look for work, upgrade their CV and do job searches etc.
“We have a group of volunteers on hand to offer one-to one tuition on everything from switching the computers on to navigating the mouse etc and accessing sites.
“Having a qualification at the end of it is something that people will be able to take forward with them.”.
Preston’s mayor Veronica Afrin will officially launch the scheme on Wednesday afternoon and anyone wanting to take part is asked to contact the Salvation Army on 01772 555425.
The Salvation Army launched the nation’s first official Labour Exchange in 1886.