At Free2Learn: Gabriella Gherscovic, left; Kierti Solanki, helped into a job by F2L; Gurpreet Mudhar, employer-relations manager; and student Ozcan Cimen
LOOKING for a job? Free training, followed by advice to help you into work, is available in Hackney from a company called Free 2 Learn.
You must be aged 19 or older and have been living in the UK for at least three years or a European Union citizen). You must also be able to show you are on benefit.
This is the procedure:
* search the Free 2 Learn website for a course that suits you;
* register for an assessment day. These happen several times a week at F2L branches around London;
* attend at an agreed date and time and get started and, as F2L states in its overblown way, “you’ll soon be embarking on a brand new employment adventure”.
The site says: “We give candidates the right training, and help them to gain the qualifications they need to get a rewarding position.”
F2L claims that it learns to understand the strengths and preferences of candidates so it can match a candidate with the right company. It says it has put “thousands of candidates together with employers”.
Free 2 Learn, a for-profit limited company that receives government funding, was formed in 2010.
Gabriella Gherscovic, director and sole shareholder, showed Loving Dalston testimonials from young people helped into jobs by her company. She said: “We are about helping the unemployed in Hackney to get into work.”
* Free 2 Learn, 236-238 Mare Street, London E8 3RD (0208 525 9430, firstname.lastname@example.org)
* A Dalston People’s Festival is too be staged next summer by Hackney Unites, a coalition of trade unions and Hackney-based groups and people aiming to promote social justice.
The event will include music, dance, spoken word, community activism, faith groups, youth groups, pensioner groups and, it’s hoped, a festival newspaper and TV channel. The organisers say: “We want a celebration of our whole community.”
Volunteers can register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FFYKB56
David Altheer 141212
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