Tuesday, February 21, 2012

News: College helps people to earn and learn in the Dearne


A recent event held at Dearne Valley College (DVC) to help the unemployed back into work has proved a great success.

The Manvers-based college, in conjunction with Job Centre Plus, offered access to free advice and support for individuals who are unemployed.

The event aimed at 18 – 24 year olds took place at the Wath-based, Manvers Campus, where employers from across South Yorkshire were on hand to offer support.

Katie Wheeldon, Skills for Work contract manager at DVC, said: "The Earn and Learn in the Dearne event was a great success, with over 200 people attending throughout the day, gaining access to our free training, Apprenticeship opportunities, vacancies and CV workshops.

"Local and national employers who are actively recruiting in the area provided access to guaranteed interviews for our candidates as well as support with applications.  We received excellent feedback from all involved and are already planning our next event."

Employers on the day included; Blue Arrow, Sure Care, Barclays, Kingswood, HERO TSC and Aquafyn amongst others.

The college is also encouraging local employers to take on Apprentices as they could be eligible to receive a cash incentive of £1,500 through the AGE 16 to 24 grant.

Kaye Jackson, business development manager at DVC, said: "Although the economic climate is still very challenging for many businesses, we would encourage an employer to take on an Apprentice to help them fill any skills gap. By taking advantage of the grant, this will help companies with their forward planning and be better prepared for when the industry gets back on its feet."

The college's next Open Evening to be held at the Manvers Campus on Wednesday 22 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

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