Qualifications hope for Harleston residents

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Harleston job seekers looking for a career in catering or customer service are to get the chance of gaining free qualifications and experience to make themselves more employable.

Charity Harleston Information Plus are offering an initial free two-day training programme, which leads to a recognised food safety qualification and customer service certificate. Following this, participants gain experience through volunteer roles, working four hours a week for three months.

Working on an information desk, organising a social afternoon for retired people, or being a waiter or waitress at a community lunch set at a hotel are some of the roles available.

Julie Helsby, community support manager at Harleston Information Plus said: “Job seekers attending the Harleston and Diss Jobs Clubs tell us they are missing out on jobs because employers want people who have qualifications and experience, this project aims to help overcome this hurdle.

“A number of participants who have taken part in the training programme have moved into employment or on to further training. Volunteering can be rewarding and fun, but it also shows potential employers you are community minded and reliable.”

The project is supported by Norfolk County Council’s Living Well fund, with the next training programme starting in Harleston at the beginning of March.

Anyone who is interested in taking part can get further information from project co-ordinator Carole Tilston on 01379 851920.