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Skills programme to help jobseekers and Universal Credit claimants

Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A NEW skills programme has been launched to help jobseekers and people who will claim the new Universal Credit benefit.


The Universal Credit Skills Programme, run by the city council’s adult skills and learning service, will focus on helping people to develop their computer knowledge, language, reading and writing, and other skills that will be useful in jobseeking and in claiming the new benefit, which will require claimants to apply online.


The free five-week programme is being run on a rolling basis, and is open to anyone who is unemployed. People can refer themselves to the programme, or get referred through their Job Centre Plus work coach.


Courses are held at the Leicester Adult Education College in the city centre.


City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Universal credit is going to be a massive change and a big challenge for many people in Leicester. The council will be providing whatever support it can. Ensuring that people will be able to cope with making their claim for this new benefit is an important part of that support.”


Universal Credit is due to be introduced in Leicester from 13 June.


To find out more, contact the adult skills and learning service on 0116 454 1900.


More information about Universal Credit is also available at