East Coast College is offering 1,000 free course places through a new quarter of a million-pound fund to help adults in the local community retrain and get back into work following the coronavirus pandemic.

The college’s Retrain, Reskill and Restart Fund is aimed at adults who may have lost their jobs during lockdown or those who have used the time at home to think about a change of direction in their work lives. It will offer those successful in gaining a place the chance to retrain for free at both the college’s Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth campuses from as early as July, running until the end of September. Many courses will also be available for adults to access online while on furlough.

The £250,000 scheme has been created from adult education funding, European social funds and part of the Norfolk Community College Building Better Opportunities funding that East Coast College leads.

The free courses on offer include digital skills, English and maths, engineering, plastering, personal training and an introduction to the wind sector. There will also be the opportunity to develop CV and interview skills, and take part in courses around mental health awareness, customer service and health and safety.

The free places are available to those living in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas. Applications will be taken from the end of June and anyone interested in finding out more can call the college on 0800 854 695 for advice and guidance.

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