HELP is being provided for workers to develop new skills during lockdown.

An online package of support includes free (re)boot digital skills courses, plus remote learning resources for parents and teachers to improve the employability of young people.

The (re)boot courses are open to people over 18, living in districts including Bradford and Craven, who are currently furloughed or in employment.

Behind the initiative are the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

It is believed that as many as 387,000 workers could be on furlough in the Leeds City Region, which includes Keighley.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, chairman of the combined authority, said: “As businesses adapt to new ways of working as a result of Covid-19, we want to empower the region’s workforce by providing the opportunity to learn new skills.

“These new, online programmes have been designed to inspire, retrain and upskill people.

“Those who have been furloughed with sector-specific skills might want to improve their future career options. The skills we can offer are based on those that employers have told us they need.”

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