Jane is a volunteer with the Pioneer Social Enterprise Ltd, a local Doncaster group that provides unemployed adults with learning difficulties or life debilitating illnesses the opportunity to gain voluntary work experience to help them find paid employment.
Along with over 20 other volunteers at the enterprise, Jane has completed a Doncaster Council training course, which showed them how they can use the internet to search and apply for jobs. Members of the Digital Council team worked with the volunteers and introduced them to modules on the Learn My Way training programme. This is part of the council’s ‘digital inclusion programme’ to help up-skill residents and provide them with computer skills that can make a difference to their lives.
Jane who has volunteered at the Pioneer Social Enterprise for 3 months, said, “I completed the training which showed me how easy it is to use the internet to search and apply for jobs online. I’ve now created a CV and registered with Universal Job Match so they know that I’m interested in finding a job. I’ve even had the details of some jobs emailed to me and I recently went for an interview!”
Florence McCready who manages the enterprise said, “The course has been really useful, as it has given the people I work with the chance to learn valuable IT skills. By completing the Learn My Way accredited training programme, they’ve now got the confidence to start looking for a job online as well as a recognised computer qualification. As volunteers, they gain experience of the routine of coming to work and learn social skills as they work as part of a team; the next step for them is to use this experience in paid employment. Hopefully the course and support offered by Doncaster Council will help some of them achieve this.”
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- Doncaster Online
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