People and community

North Solihull Grants - Access IT for Jobseekers

Lee Dodds and ReCOM volunteer Stephen at Chelmsley Library Kim Doyle at Chelmsley Wood Library

The Socio Economic Workstream (SEWS) is one of the groups which supports the delivery of the North Solihull regeneration programme.  The SEWS focuses on how to deliver Social and Economic improvements across the North Solihull regeneration area.

For the past few years the workstream has supported the delivery of projects which help to improve the economic well-being of the local residents within the North Solihull Regeneration wards.

During 2014/15 the fund is supporting the Access IT for Jobseekers project being run by local charity ReCOM.

The project provides support to jobseekers in North Solihull to improve their IT skills to help them find work.  Typically this involves helping people to set up and use email, register with Universal Job Match and get their CV on-line as well as searching for job vacancies on-line.

Lee Dodds, who completed a seven week course and also gets one to one support with job search on-line, said 'the sessions have helped me immensely to gain experience in the IT world'.

Kim Doyle, who has recently got a full time job came to ReCOM after having been made redundant and found that she wasn't very confident using email and Universal Job Match. 'The course has made me more confident, I'm now registered with UJM, email and have a CV. John and Stephen [ReCOM team] made me feel comfortable and more confident.'

Both Lee and Kim were signposted to ReCOM by the Job Centre but the support was also recommended by the Careers Advisers working at the Library.

For more information or book an appointment with ReCOM call 0121 663 0335.