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Giant leap for skills in the South West

A new skills programme aims to give 650 unemployed people the skills needed to find work in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

Employment and skills provider Working Links is working with Wiltshire College to deliver the LEAP (Linking Employers and People) programme, serving up short accredited courses in customer service, IT, employability, enterprise and food safety.

Working Links will also deliver a longer health and wellbeing course designed to support people with health barriers on their journey towards work. The organisation can even run flexible, bespoke courses for specific groups such as lone parents, people who’ve been made redundant or those aged 50 or over.


To be eligible, people need to be aged 19 or over, unemployed, have not achieved any similar qualification before and live in Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire. The programmes are funded through the Skills Funding Agency.

Working Links performance manager Brian Mair said: “This is a great new programme for anyone looking to enhance their skills as they progress towards the labour market. The courses generally last between one and two weeks and have proved really successful in the other areas of the country where we’ve ran them.”

To find out more about the new programme, call 0800 917 9262 or contact us.

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