Dearne Electronic Community Village (DECV) in Rotherham will extend the professional training courses that it offers to include accredited ICT and Employability Skills sessions thanks to more than £9,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP).

Featuring alongside the popular Work Club, which is already available to local people that are looking for work, the total funds of £9,733 will extend this provision to give residents the opportunity to secure two additional qualifications; Award in ICT and Life and Living Skills.

Ensuring that as many people as possible have access to the training, DECV will work alongside other third-party providers in the area to refer and encourage any unemployed clients that may benefit from the extended courses to make contact. 

As well as accessing professional and accredited training, those taking part will also receive one-to-one and group-based ICT and employability skills support to tackle any bespoke or specific barriers they may have to finding a job.

Trustee of DECV, Nigel Middlehurst, comments: “Without this funding we simply wouldn’t be able to provide the support that is so desperately needed for people that are looking for work in our area. ICT skills are fundamental for job hunting, but not everyone has access to computers and that can become a real challenge.

“Thanks to this support from CCIP we are able to extend the support that we offer and make sure that as many people as possible have the help they need. All our clients want is a chance, and we hope that through access to these new qualifications we are able to give them that.”

Steve Abson, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “We have worked closely with DECV for a number of years to offer funding and also practical support through CCIP. The organisation delivers a range of courses that really are life changing for people living in our communities.

“Giving access to training and qualifications can be the difference between long-term unemployment and the chance to hold down a full-time job and career. We can’t underestimate the difference earning an income can have on our residents and that is why it is imperative we work with service providers like DECV to retain these programmes wherever possible.”

As DECV has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will receive bespoke practical support that includes everything from access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.