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Training initiative aims to help long-term unemployed

Working Links, specialists in helping long-term unemployed people back into work, has established a training partnership programme with rail sector recruitment company SkyBlue.

The training courses, held at various regional centres around the country, will cover topics such as personal track safety and track induction.

Julie Thomas, an employer solutions consultant at Working Links, comments: "A lack of proper training is one of the major barriers to placing jobseekers in specialist industries, such as rail transport, where health and safety risks can be higher than usual.

"By investing in specialist accredited training courses such as those run by SkyBlue, we can assure industry clients that our candidates have the knowledge and skills necessary to service their business."

A similar scheme is in development to help jobseekers secure work in the building and construction sectors. Phil Murphy at SkyBlue said: "Working Links have since approached us to develop a construction training course to help jobseekers obtain their CSCS card and Small Tools certificate, which will hopefully act as a stepping stone to jobs for the unemployed, in the construction industry."

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