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Liverpool City Region to introduce free Digital Skills for the Workplace training

HUNDRENDS of Liverpool City Region residents are set to benefit from free training in the digital skills needed by local employers. "Digital Skills for the Workplace" is a free, flexible course of up to 12 weeks in duration, which is part of the Government's Digital Bootcamps programme. The Liverpool City Region is 1 of the 1st 6 areas nationally to introduce the skills training aimed at helping participants to find jobs in the growing digital and tech sector. The programme has been funded by the Department for Education and developed locally by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, working with local employers. The training is open to adults aged 19 and over, either in work, looking for work or returning to the workforce. The course is intended to be as inclusive as possible, to increase diversity within the digital and tech sector.

Speaking about the training, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:- "Even before the Coronavirus struck, investing in digital skills was really important, but these past few months have only made it an even bigger priority. The economic shock of the pandemic will continue to be felt for a long time to come and will radically change the nature of work. We know that local employers are already crying out for people with these skills and making sure that our people have them will help them find work and succeed both now and in the future."

The training programme has been developed with local employers and participants who complete the programme will have the opportunity of an employer interview and support to apply for relevant jobs. Digital Skills for the Workplace will start later in the Autumn. Anyone interested in undertaking the training should visit:- LiverpoolCityRegion-CA.Gov.UK  to register their interest.

Emergency grants from Tesco have supported 13 Southport community groups impacted by Covid

13 community groups across Southport have benefitted from Tesco's Covid19 Community Fund since the start of lockdown, a total of ₤6,500,put towards local causes over the past 6 months by the retailer.

Through its Bags of Help initiative, and as part of the retailer's emergency response in supporting local communities, Tesco provided a single payment of ₤500 to organisations which support vulnerable groups. This included support for organisations which experienced increased demand or disruption to services as a result of lockdown, or to fund new community services.

Over the last 6 months, the grants, which form part of the retailer's ₤30million package of support to help local communities tackling the Coronavirus outbreak, have helped to support in excess of 8,000 groups across the UK, totalling more than ₤4 million. Across the UK, the grant funding has been put towards 928 Brownies and Guides groups, 78 Age UK/ Age Concern initiatives and 187 hospices (including Marie Curie).

And although the ₤500 funding has come to an end, the supermarket is now announcing a further extension to its Bags of Help initiative over the next two months, which will see it give away ₤1,000 grants to support youth groups across the Region. Organisations that can apply include those supporting mental health, offering outdoor and educational activities, helping young carers, providing bereavement counselling, and assisting those in poverty or at risk.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said:- "Due to the sustained need for the emergency support we've seen from local community groups, we took the decision to extend the deadline for the ₤500 grant scheme beyond the original 12-week mark, and we've been really impressed with the number of groups we've been able to help locally. It's excellent to see that the grants have helped support thousands of groups across the UK. Over the next few months, we've extended our Bags of Help funding round this year to youth groups, which could qualify for some financial support to the tune of ₤1,000."

On the additional round for youth groups, David Ford, local communications manager at Tesco in the North, said:- "Although the ₤500 grants have made a real difference to a range of charities, we've extended our support further. Young people have been among those most impacted by the pandemic, with Schools closing and many missing out on all-important services impacted by lockdown. That's why we're encouraging any groups in the area, working to support children and young people, to apply for this new funding. We hope it can make a real difference to the lives of many."

The process is managed through Tesco's partner charity Groundwork's website. Any groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply at:- TescoBagsOfHelp.Org.UK.

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