Chris goes from learner, to volunteer, to employee!. Get Caerphilly Online was the first county-wide digital inclusion campaign in Wales to trial 'Digital Fridays' -- free computer drop-in sessions, run in local authority libraries every Friday. At the sessions, people can be helped with computer queries and supported to learn new skills at their own pace and referred onto other classes.
A lot of people have attended Digital Fridays to improve skills in a bid to find work. Chris Screen's journey began at one of these sessions. He soon converted his interest of computers into volunteering work, helping Get Caerphilly Online staff to run sessions.
As a result of volunteering, Chris became aware of -- and subsequently completed - a work placement with Partners IT -- a local business that repurposes computer equipment for use in the community, supporting the wider digital inclusion agenda.
Chris had told Communities 2.0 that he wanted to do something with his interest in computers, having been made redundant in early 2013: "I appreciated the need to be online to find work. A lot of work now comes through recruitment agencies and most of them are online. It's vital for people to have IT skills, when it comes to getting a job. As a volunteer, I was showing people where to look for work online, how to do it, to improve their keyboard skills and how to write an electronic CV".
While Digital Fridays form part of the digital inclusion activities in Caerphilly, Communities 2.0 generally works with people looking for work in the area through job clubs and Jobcentre Plus offices. This support gives people the skills, experience and confidence they need when seeking work.
Dave Williams, Managing Director of Partners IT had some advice for prospective employees: "We're getting two or three speculative enquiries every day, on e-mail, from people wanting to know if we have any vacancies. It's the way things are done now. It's important that people are making best use of the computer, when trying to find work.
This could be something as basic as using 'spell check' on Word, to ensure their spelling and grammar are correct. It could make all the difference when your CV or application is being read by a potential employer".
This is an example of how Communities 2.0 is supporting the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Action Plan.
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