A Ramsey resident is aiming to help others click with I.T. after becoming the first person to gain a computer qualification at the job club where she volunteers.

Julie Birchill, aged 43, started attending Ramsey Jobsearch Club to improve her confidence with I.T and to help her find work. She also wanted to be help others too.

Since those initial steps, Julie now volunteers and has been awarded a City and Guilds qualification in Online Basics and is using her skills to help others looking for work by volunteering at the club.

People attending Ramsey Jobsearch club will receive training from an advisor on how to complete job searches, how to use computers to write a CV and how social media can be helpful when looking for work. The Jobsearch club offers a free qualification and on hand tuition.  Anyone can drop in on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm.

The countywide project is a £50,000 Cambridgeshire County Council initiative funded by the Department of Work and Pensions. The council is working with a range of partners "“ in Ramsey this includes Huntingdonshire District Council and Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust.

There is also a club that has been set up at the St Barnabas Centre, Huntingdon "“  Thursday (weekly), 12.30 "“ 2.30.

Julie Birchill, a volunteer at Ramsey Jobsearch Club, said: "When I first joined the Ramsey Jobsearch club, I wasn't very confident in using computers, which is a real problem when you are looking for work. So many jobs now want computer skills and you also have to apply online. The club and Steph Smith my tutor has been amazing "“ I know feel really confident using all sorts of I.T and I can't believe I've now got a qualification. I definitely want to do more learning, help others and I now feel ready for the world of work."

 

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