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Places are available on two employability programmes, which are being run by Exeter City Community Trust for people aged over 40 who are looking to get back into the workplace.

The two courses, which begin in May and September this year, support people to develop their skills, whether that is improving computer knowledge or building confidence, to help them find a job.

The course is delivered once a week at St James Park over a 12-week period and is available to all abilities with the aim of helping people to achieve their potential and progress to meaningful, sustainable employment. They will be delivered in a relaxed environment and will also include physical activities – designed to suit the participants.

On sign up participants are assigned a mentor who works with them to create a bespoke programme. The mentor stays in touch once the course has finished to give ongoing support.

The topics which are covered include:

  • language and communication
  • interview skills
  • basic IT skills
  • confidence-building
  • job search and CV writing
  • work placements/taster sessions

The course also offers participants health and wellbeing information and the chance to take part in other activities delivered by Exeter City Community Trust. The final element of the course is a work placement that is hosted by the Exeter High Street store John Lewis where participants spend a number of weeks working with the different departments of the store.

Positive Prospects has been funded by the European Social Fund. For more information, email cctadmin@ecfc.co.uk, call 01392 255611 or visit www.exetercct.org/courses-events/positive-prospects/