UNEMPLOYED youngsters have logged on to hi-tech -- and repaired their chances of getting a job in a unique project.

The IT Systems Support Technician Course at Training 2000 in Blackburn has equipped its students with the skills they need to maintain and mend sick computers.

Training 2000 is one of only two providers in the North West who piloted the course, and 15 of the 17 jobless students who took the course passed with flying colours.

The course was offered to unemployed people only, and students undertook 15 hours of tuition a week. They then took two exams to complete the qualification.

Tutor Paul Nott explained: "Information Technology is most certainly the way forward and more companies are requiring skills in computer repair.

"The students came from many diverse backgrounds.

"Some had been welders and one worked with Customs and Excise, before they became unemployed. This course gave them the opportunity to learn a new skill."

Bina Kotecha, E-Skills Operations Manager at Training 2000, added: "We were happy to pilot this new course as we are constantly looking to expand the range of courses that we can offer.

"The students certainly enjoyed the course, and already we have heard of successes. One student left the course on Friday, and had landed himself a job by the Monday."

The E-Skills department at Training 2000 is now looking forward to running the course again, with the next one starting in the autumn.

Unemployed people who are interested in finding out more should call Bina Kotecha on 01254 54659.