Computer investment to help jobseekers back into work

A number of the Hub's service users alongside (from left) Chris Kelsey of the Banks Group, which has provided the grant funding, Cllr Karen Clark, 82 year-old Gordon King, who assisted with the installation of the new IT suite, and Ken Dobson of Justice Prince CIC, which runs the Longbenton Employability Hub.
A number of the Hub's service users alongside (from left) Chris Kelsey of the Banks Group, which has provided the grant funding, Cllr Karen Clark, 82 year-old Gordon King, who assisted with the installation of the new IT suite, and Ken Dobson of Justice Prince CIC, which runs the Longbenton Employability Hub.

A new suite of IT equipment is set to give a major boost to the work of a North Tyneside employability project that has helped more than 250 people find work.

The Longbenton Employability Hub, run by Justice Prince CIC, aims to help people search for and apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to have the best chance to find work.

The service was originally set up with donated second-hand computers, through which job searches are carried out and applications written, but as time went on they were becoming more unreliable and would often break down.

But now, thanks to a £5,000 grant from regional employer the Banks Group via its Banks Community Fund, a dozen new desktop PCs, software licences and a new printer have all been purchased, with the installation being carried out by local contractor Harrison IT Services, with help from 82 year-old local resident and volunteer Gordon King.

Ken Dobson, a director at Justice Prince CIC, said: “We’re based right in the heart of the community, which makes accessing the support we provide as easy as possible, and we try to meet a wide range of differing support needs to give local people the best chance of getting the job they want.”

Contact 0191 378 6342 for more details.