Free forklift training course for Pendle jobless

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A FREE training course for the unemployed was delivered by Tackling Unemployment Project in Nelson in conjunction with Pendle Fork Lifts of Earby.

The course was for people registered with the project who have been looking for work for some time.

They are among a large number of people Pendle Council’s Tackling Unemployment team has helped in the economic downturn.

Help includes advice, guidance and support in removing barriers to work.

Roger Plum, Project Co-ordinator said: “The forklift truck training is a popular course.

“We’ve funded over 25 in the last two years. These are great skills to learn and open up opportunities for people to find work!”

The course has helped people find jobs. John Wilkinson secured a job at local firm Cotts Beverages. He said: “The team was fantastic! The Tackling Unemployment Project provides an efficient and prompt service. I wouldn’t have got this job without their help.”

Alongside training opportunities, a tailored one-to-one service to address individual needs is also offered.

This includes support in CV writing, interview skills, confidence building and searching for jobs.

Pendle Council leader Coun. Mike Blomeley said: “This is a perfect opportunity to get additional support and tips to find work or learn new skills - especially when finding a job is so difficult in these challenging times.”