Company to pilot free IT courses

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TECHNOLOGY and training company Green Duck is piloting a scheme which will help unemployed people develop their IT skills for free.

The Back to Work Scheme has been launched by the Bury St Edmunds firm to coincide with its 10th anniversary and will help people develop skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, for free.

Each course will be run by a qualified instructor at the company’s offices in Western Way.

The pilot scheme will deliver 12 hours of IT training in blocks of three hours, delivered over a four week period.

Graham Duckworth, director of Green Duck, said: “As a part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we wanted to find new ways of giving something back to the local community.

“We felt that the best way we could support jobseekers would be to offer them the chance to improve their IT skills by running a Back to Work pilot scheme.

“The scheme will help us to share our knowledge and expertise with people keen to learn new skills and return to employment, at the same time as providing them with a certificate of achievement and new skills to add to their CVs.

“We are working closely with the local JobCentre to identify suitable candidates for the training programme and look forward to getting started.”

A total of 18 people will be selected for the pilot scheme. The JobCentre will refer would-be candidates to Green Duck to be interviewed.

The company says no prior IT knowledge is required.

The training course will start next month and the success of the pilot scheme will be reviewed once it has finished.

Green Duck offers technology based solutions to clients across all business sectors in East Anglia, London and further afield including the USA, Bahrain and Spain.

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