MORTON'S community trust team is helping people to achieve their goal of getting back into work or further education.

The trust is running eight-week programmes in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, to offer a total of dozens of young people the chance to gain qualifications related to the sport.

They include child wellbeing, coaching, customer service classes and emergency first aid.

Hannah Thomson is one of the people taking part in the programme via Zoom and she says it has been 'extremely helpful' in kickstarting her prospects.

She said: "It is a hard time, especially with the lockdown making it increasingly difficult to secure a job.

"This has helped with my confidence and opened up some new skills and qualifications.

"It should prove to be helpful with employers when things return to normal.

"I'd recommend it to anyone who has found themselves out of work to give it a go, as it keeps you busy and gives you some new skills for the workplace.”

The course also provides practical help with CVs, writing covering letters, mock interviews, careers planning, money advice and even cookery skills.

Ross McLaren, employability project manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with the DWP Jobcentre Plus once again.

"Having the opportunity to support young people within our community is always something we are proud to do.

"You can see how much the pandemic has impacted job prospects and many people find themselves unemployed as a result.

"It gives us great pleasure to be able to support each individual towards work or education”

Jamie McQuilter, Greenock Jobcentre work coach, says the DWP's partnership with Morton in the Community has proved a great success.

He added: “It is great to have the opportunity to fund and work in partnership with Morton in the Community.

"This joint approach ensures we fully support the young people on the programme in these unprecedented times.

"The programme really allows the young people to build on their skills and to explore training and job opportunities, to help them shape their own future.

"To see the confidence and determination of the of the young people grow is really fantastic.”