A new scheme to help job seekers launches this week in Torbay Libraries.

The scheme is part of a grant funded partnership project with Job Centre Plus and will offer those looking for work up to two hours of free internet time on library computers. Guided help in using a variety of job sites including the government’s own Universal Jobmatch resource will also be available..

Councillor Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Harbours, Culture and the Arts said: “Libraries are an excellent resource for those looking for employment and the internet is an invaluable tool when looking for a job. Our libraries have recently benefited from computer upgrades and can provide a delegated space in which job hunters can compile CVs, respond to job advertisements and lodge their details on job-finder sites, with staff on hand to offer advice and assistance in logging on to sites, creating email addresses, and completing online forms.”

‘Free Fridays’ will take place in Torquay and Paignton Libraries and ‘Move-on Mondays’ at Brixham Library and will be based in the Learning Centres. There will be two sessions available at each library with the morning session starting at 10am until noon and the afternoon starting at 2pm until 4pm.

The demand for these sessions is expected to be high so job seekers will only be able to attend either the morning or afternoon session. No booking is required, and claimants who are library members can still book their regular hour on library computers outside of the Learning Centre.

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