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£8k cash boost to grow employment course in Burton which began by 'accident'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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VOLUNTEERS at a Burton learning centre are aiming to do their bit to tackle unemployment in the town after receiving an £8,000 grant which will enable them to set up new courses.

The group has been running computer training sessions at the Horninglow Community Learning Centre, based at the Parish Rooms, in Rolleston Road, for the past three years.

As well as people wanting to learn more for fun or to take up a new hobby, the group, headed by former parish councillor John Pollard, who also served in the Army for 22 years, found people were also looking to touch up their CVs and become more noticeable to employers.

Mr Pollard said helping people to find work was a happy accident.

He said: "People would come in and we would teach them anything they wanted about IT. Some wanted to set up websites and some wanted to make calendars – 80 per cent of it was basic stuff.

"But it has ended up being very successful. People have found employment and that wasn't the intention when we started; it was just helping people with computers."

Using the cash from the Staffordshire Community Foundation, a dedicated employment course will now be set up to run alongside the usual sessions.

They are run free of charge, so Mr Pollard and his fellow volunteers need all the support they can get.

"It's a huge amount for us, it will keep us going until the end of next year," he said.

Sessions are held at the Parish Rooms every Monday between 10am and 6pm.

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