A SCHEME aimed at providing additional skills to jobseekers and the long term unemployed is set to be launched in St Helens.

The scheme WorkWorld, which has been running for six years in Knowsley, aims to support the unemployed by delivering a range of support and courses.

Next month it will also be launched at St Helens College.

The college will offer applicants the opportunity to undertake free, short courses to improve their skills, enabling them to apply for higher-level courses, or to improve employment prospects.

Many of the courses on offer lead to nationally accredited qualifications and include digital and IT, English and mathematics, employability and health and social care.

St Helens College principal Anne Pryer said: “The launch of WorkWorld in St Helens will give us the opportunity to develop an innovative way of engaging with people, offering them a range of information, expert guidance and support to help them find the right training and the right job.

"It will also offer an informal, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of support from friendly, experienced staff to help people to achieve their goals that will help them in to work.”

WorkWorld will work in partnership with Job Centre Plus who will in turn refer people to the service.

To find out more about WorkWorld or to book an assessment appointment please contact the WorkWorld team on 01744623597.