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Ribble Valley job seekers to benefit from IT suite
JOBSEEKERS in the Ribble Valley will soon be able to benefit from an IT suite being set up by the Salvation Army in Clitheroe.
The group is converting a room at its church in Lowergate into an area where jobseekers can come and be given help using the internet to find work.
It has teamed up with the town’s Job Centre, which will refer people to the centre if staff think they will be benefit from the free service.
The suite is set to open on September 25 and will operate from 10am to noon on the first day.
Brenda Wise, envoy with Clitheroe’s Salvation Army, said: “There are a lot of jobseekers in the Ribble Valley who aren’t IT-literate and this is a huge problem.
“This suite is open to people of all ages to come down and get some help once a week in applying for jobs.
“It’s an important skill that too many people don’t have and we hope to help as many people as possible.
“People don’t realise that so many people in the borough don’t know how to use the internet properly and we need to change that.”
Elizabeth Smith, captain with the Salvation Army in Clitheroe, said: “We are close to getting everything finished and ready in the room and we are all hoping that lots of people turn up for the first session.
“I hope the IT suite highlights a problem that is around in the area but which does not get much attention at the moment.
“We have to do all we can to make sure that people who are looking for jobs are doing all they can to get one.”
The suite will include four laptops and printers and there will be no charge for the use of any equipment or paper.
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