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Rhyl childcare centre to help 70 find work
Children playing
Play work will be one of the areas the project focuses on

Seventy unemployed people are to be offered paid work experience and training.

The Oak Tree Children's Centre in Rhyl will be providing the 16-week paid placements and will be giving training in childcare and other skills.

Manager Tracey Evans said the aim was to help economically inactive or unemployed people back into work.

"They'll come to us for 16 weeks and get training, work experience and one-to-one mentoring."

At the end of the project they hope to assist those taking part to find jobs.

Ms Evans said the scheme was also looking to work with partners to offer Open College Network units in childcare but participants will also learn other, transferable skills.

"They'll be getting training in child protection, first aid, food hygiene, confidence building and interview skills," she said.

Work experience at the Oak Tree centre's crèche, playgroup and out-of-school clubs will be part of the training provided.

"They won't be fully qualified in childcare when they leave but they will have taken the first step," Ms Evans added.

"They'll have a lot of experience to put on their CV at the end of it and certificates for training."

Ms Evans said that confidence could be an issue for people when entering employment or training.

"By getting their confidence up and giving them additional skills we hope to help them to either find employment or go on to further training at the end of the course," she said.

The funds of £300,000 for the project have been provided by from Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

The money for the scheme has been provided as part of WCVA's Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) project.

The project aims to raise the skills and qualifications of economically inactive people.

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