Currently Unity Charitable Trust is concentrating on providing vocational computer training, guidance and counselling for people with few or no skills in Information Technology.

1. The Employment Training Project

The Employment Training Project offers training in computer skills, life skills, literacy and numeracy to disadvantaged people who have few or no skills and are either unemployed or in
insecure low-paid work. The aim of the project is to help people to gain the practical expertise in order to find stable employment, thereby benefiting not only themselves and their families but also the wider community.

The Project works within some of the most deprived areas of Greater London and concentrates particularly on marginalised adults people who traditionally do not participate in organised training schemes and may be considered ‘hard to reach’. This includes single parents and women returnees to work, people over the age of 50 who lack the skills needed in today’s workplace, young adults, and members of the ethnic minorities.

Vocational training is offered in subjects ranging from the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Levels 2 & 3, to PhotoShop, QuarkExpress, Flash, Dreamweaver and FrontPage.

Courses in Numeracy, Literacy, English as A Second Language (ESOL) and other basic skills training are also available in order to help as many people as possible into employment.

2. Loan-A-Laptop Project

Unity Charitable Trust recognises that due to family commitments or problems with mobility, not everyone who could benefit from its computer training is able to travel to the designated training centre. To ensure that its training is truly accessible, it therefore lends laptop computers to participants so they can access (free) training over the Internet, from the convenience of their own homes.

Trainees can access their training twenty-four hours a day and help is always at hand, thanks to the unique “Instant Mentoring” Programme which provides answers to any Business, I.T. or Life Skills questions at the click of a button.

3. The "Creative Skills" Project

Unity Charitable Trust is currently partnering three other organisations in offering vocational training in IT skills, counselling and support services to small and medium size businesses within the creative and cultural sector.

It has been recognised that many of these enterprises, whilst possessing a “creative flair” do not have the relevant business skills in order to allow them to flourish and succeed. The project helps companies to acquire the necessary expertise in order to face the future with confidence.

By equipping employees with IT and other essential skills, the Project promotes business
enterprise and helps small businesses to market themselves more effectively, thus promoting continuing employment within the Creative/Cultural Sector.

Unity Charitable Trust staff offer counselling, guidance, advice about sources of grants/loans from both Government and non-statutory bodies and can lend laptop computers if required.
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Neighbourhood Renewal Unit & The Charites
Aid Foundation for their generous support of this webpage
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