Lottery funding will help more people in Ilkeston find work

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Direct Help and Advice training centre based in Ilkeston has been awarded Big Lottery funding.

The centre, which provides a wide range of free programmes, has secured in £420,000 funding from The Big Lottery which will enable them to offer even more training.

Angie Edwards, customer service assistant, said: “The funding will enable us to further extend our training provision in the Derbyshire and surrounding areas. Over the next three years we aim to help even more people learn new skills, work towards qualifications, find a job and manage their finances better with our free in house training.

“DHA are a locally based not for profit charity, providing free specialist legal advice to people who may face homelessness, possession action or eviction from their property or suffering serious disrepair.”

The centre also offer accredited and non-accredited in-house training at our Ilkeston training and advice centre in areas such as food safety, health and safety, manual handling, computer training for beginners and basic budgeting skills. Alongside the training facilities, it also offers a wide range of free energy efficiency and debt advice.

Angie added: “Through current funding from the Big Lottery, we’re able to deliver these courses and workshops for free to our learners. So far since our Ilkeston centre opened in 2010, we have assisted over 100 people into finding and securing employment and have supported over 2,000 people through our learning programmes.

“With the funds received from the Big Lottery we are now able to add further courses and qualifications to our already vast and varied training programme.” Over the coming months, courses on offer will include computer training qualifications; specialist qualifications in customers services, business admin, retail and office skills; workshops to build confidence, further budgeting workshops and many more