Need for unemployed to be given IT training
PEOPLE like myself, who are unemployed, are not asked if they would like to learn skills such as IT.
The bit I do not understand is thousands of people are unemployed in Bristol.
So why is it that the colleges are finding it so hard to get sufficient numbers to run the courses particularly as they are free for the unemployed?
I asked the JobCentre about possible courses and was referred to a few courses run by Learn Direct.
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But on attending induction interviews, I found out they are self-taught courses, not affiliated to any recognised college or school.
So I applied to attend an IT course at the City of Bristol College via my job advisor at Bedminster Jobcentre Plus, who made it perfectly clear that my claim would be stopped if I failed to attend and complete the course.
I attended a joint group induction day at College Green Campus with some 30 others, We all did the same tests and were then given courses to suit our abilities.
At the start of the IT level 3 course only five students attended, and after three weeks of a nine week course it was cancelled due to low numbers. It restarted in April 2013 with nine students and finished with seven students (including myself) in June 2013.
I told Bedminster JobCentre I was starting a second IT course (level 1) on September 13 2013, which I did, but on September 20 it was cancelled due to low numbers (only three attended).
There is a need for the unemployed to be IT literate as most jobs have a IT requirement to them, so why are so few unemployed being offered or made to do IT courses?