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Islington Council is offering adult learners an opportunity to try out digital and video cameras with free taster courses from educational charity, the Film and Video Workshop. The free introductory sessions were a preview of the European Social Funded Skills for Living Project.

The project has been conceived and run by a partnership between Islington Council, the Voluntary and Community sector and Job Brokerage and will offer education and training opportunities for over 250 people in the local area. The training being offered will enhance their employment prospects by providing a range of courses, from NVQ's in Letter Writing to One to One Skills for Life support.

Libraries Offer Free IT

Another case of free training provision has been announced as Internet Exchange Training Centres Limited received and award from the European Social Fund (ESF) to provide free Internet training. The ESF provided £612,645 for the Lifelong Learning project which will be delivered in London libraries, introducing people to the Internet and improving IT skills.

The project will be rolled out to libraries across the capital and will aim to provide much needed skills enhancement for single parents, the homeless, ethnic minorities and those needing to learn basic skills. The project will be delivered as ICT courses to enhance employment suitability and will be free to people over 20.

The training courses are being introduced through the following libraries: High Street Kensington, Brixton, Battersea, Putney, West Hampstead, Streatham, Marylebone, North Kensington and Kings Road.

Dan Atkinson

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