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Free digital support for jobseekers

by Laura Johnston

Jobseekers in Knowsley can now register to receive a free tablet with data and training to help them look for employment.

Fifty Knowsley jobseekers will be supported to get online as part of the second wave of the LCR Digital Inclusion Programme.

The free sessions will be delivered by Lloyds Digital Inclusion and will take place in Kirkby and Halewood on 19 December and in Huyton on 21 December. Also, on 16 January in Kirkby and 18 January in Huyton.

Anyone registered with Knowsley Works Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) team is eligible for a place on the scheme.

To secure your place on one of sessions contact the IAG team by calling 0151 443 5010 for the Huyton session, or 0151 443 4780 for the Kirkby session,  or you can email the team: knowsleyworks.iag@knowsley.gov.uk.

Some Knowsley residents will be referred on to the programme from the Department of Work and Pensions Restart Scheme and these sessions will take place later this month.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

“By empowering Knowsley residents with digital devices, connectivity and skills we’re unlocking new opportunities and creating pathways to employment that otherwise may have been out of reach.”

The Digital Inclusion Programme

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is facilitating the scheme, which is part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative, an industry-led programme committed to bridging the digital divide by driving digital skills, enhancing lives through better digital connectivity, and stimulating economic growth across the UK.

Working with Lloyds Bank and Vodafone, roll-out in the Liverpool City Region – including across Knowsley – started with a pilot delivering tablets and training to 300 local people who are unemployed or economically inactive.

In Knowsley, through the IAG team, a total of 70 residents will benefit from the training and free tablet with six months of data in the first phases of the programme.

In the first year 4,750 tablets, training and mobile internet access will be provided to people who are digitally excluded across the city region.