CT Skills have introduced a new short, 10-day training programme to support those who are concerned about the huge change to the benefits system.
“This morning I’ve met CT Skills to talk about the work they are doing on employability and digital skills, particularly supporting local people with the things they need to access Universal Credit when it comes to Mansfield in September. It’s great to see so much work being done to make this all go smoothly by so many organisations. It’s currently rolling out in Bassetlaw and the feedback has been really positive.”
-Ben Bradley, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
What is Universal Credit?
Universal credit will replace six of the main means-tested benefits including;
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Housing Benefit (rental)
How is it different from the current systems?
As part of the shift to Universal Credit claimants will be required to have; basic IT skills to complete their digital UC Journal, be able to manage their credit online, budget finances and also own a single form of photo card ID.
Many people are concerned about the above changes but in fact Universal Credit is intended to be simpler than the current system of benefits and tax credits.
If any of this concerns you as an existing then the new CT Skills could be for you!
When is it going to affect the East Midlands?
Universal Credit is being introduced gradually by region. Whether you can claim depends on where you live and your personal circumstances.
Derby: July 2018
Mansfield: September 2018
Nottingham: October 2018
How can I get ahead?
CT Skills are offering a short IT & Employability course with bespoke University Credit and budgeting units. All candidates who complete the course will receive the following:
Entry Level 3 IT Users Qualification
Entry Level 3 Foundation Learning for employability Skills Qualification
Provisional Driving License
We’re ready when you’re ready!
*To be eligible for this course fully-funded you must be aged 19 and claiming an unemployment benefit (JSA UC, ESA-WRAG or IS). You must also have lived in the EU for more than 3 years.