HELP is at hand for the unemployed thanks to a dedicated team – and extra funding.

Around £11,000 will help up to 50 people in West Dorset to get job-related training.

Skills learned will include personal and practical skills, confidence and motivation, interview and CV writing skills, numeracy, literacy, IT and vocational support.

Courses take place at the Kingston Maurward Centre in Bridport There will be work-based learning opportunities that match the needs of employers in the local area as well as mentoring and coaching from experienced business representatives.

This year the project team has also found additional funding to support those enrolled to complete certificated courses in skills necessary in the modern workplace.

Project recruiter Richard Smith, a member of the Bridport chamber, and a former Princes Trust Young Ambassador now running an IT business in Bridport, said: “Last year’s project helped 34 people into jobs, training or apprenticeships.

“If you have lost your job and need support to help you get another one please contact me on our dedicated recruitment line on 01308 887853, or to email skillstrainingbridport@gmail. com to arrange your first session.”

Coun Ros Kayes, a founder member of the scheme, said: “Our mentors include members of the Bridport Chamber of Trade and Commerce whose president, Tim Hunt, has also helped to plan and implement this and delivered the previous project through his team at Miles Cross Education and Enterprise Centre in Symondsbury.

“We are also fortunate to have the training skills of Paul Conde, previously a trainer with Nacro and Weymouth, Bridgwater and Kingston Maurward colleges.”

This year the project is working with Magna Housing and some of the IT training will take place at the newly-equipped West Rivers House, and with Kingston Maurward College at its training centre in North Mills.

The first training session of 2014 for the unemployed took place yesterday at the Kingston Maurward Centre.