Cheshire West and Chester Council are to offer low-paid residents free training to help them get a better job. Any residents earning less than £15,736 gross per year will be eligible for the free courses in industries such as IT, care and construction. The courses are part of a national trail, which enables Cheshire West and Chester Work Zones to fully fund learners studying up to and including level 2 qualifications. ‘Many people who are in jobs which pay less than £15,000 may be unable to pay for the cost of retraining,’ said cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, Cllr Brian Clarke. ‘The amount it costs to study and improve your CV can sometimes amount to hundreds of pounds which is unrealistic for people on a low wage. ‘This fantastic trial solves this catch 22 situation by giving people the chance to progress in their career for free. It … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

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