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Do you need a digital device to look for work?

Are you looking for work? Do you need a laptop or digital device to help you learn new skills, re-write your CV or apply for jobs online? We’re working with Communities for Work to lend devices to job seekers.

Why do I need a digital device to get a job?

These days, it’s almost essential to be online to find a job. Most jobs are advertised online and people are expected to apply online. Many employers are looking for people with basic digital skills and ask people for a digital CV. There may even be courses or qualifications you need which can only be done online.

Doing all this on a smart phone can be tricky. It’s usually much easier on a laptop or even a tablet device. But not everyone has one of these.

Digital Communities Wales and Communities for Work have teamed up to lend laptops and tablets to people who need one to help them look for, and get, a job.

Anna had been out of work for 15 years, but a laptop loan from Communities for Work enabled her to learn new digital skills, gain qualifications and apply for jobs online.

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Kyle couldn’t afford a laptop but needed one to apply for jobs online. Communities for Work loaned him a device and now he’s back in work.

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What is Communities for Work?

Communities for Work is a Welsh Government programme which provides support and advice to people who are not in employment and face many barriers which make it harder for them to get a job. You will have your own mentor who will meet you at a convenient place near you. You can also get:

  • Access to a wide range of training, work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Training for specific qualifications such as CSCS, SIA, Food Hygiene, Hairdressing
  • Employability skills, including updating CV’s, job applications and interview preparation
  • Confidence building
  • Help and advice with travel, childcare or caring responsibilities
  • Guidance and support to access the internet for online job applications
  • Help with finding suitable job opportunities

I’m interested in Communities for Work. What do I need to do?

To find out if you can get support from CfW and borrow a laptop from the programme, contact your local team:

Blaenau Gwent

Tel: 01495 304352 / 01495 357757

Email: aimee.goulding@gavowales.org.uk

Bridgend

Tel: 01656 815317

Email: employability@bridgend.gov.uk

Caerphilly

Tel: 07825 634157

Email: n/a

Cardiff

Tel: 029 2087 1000

Email: CFW@cardiff.gov.uk

Carmarthenshire

Tel: 01554 744303

Email: employmentsupport@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Ceredigion

Tel: 01545 574193

Email: TCC-EST@ceredigion.gov.uk

Conwy

Tel: 01492 575578 / 07711 567191

Email: communitiesforwork@conwy.gov.uk

Denbighshire

Tel: 01824 706491

Email: cerian.phoenix@denbighshire.gov.uk

Flintshire

Tel: 01352 704430

Email: julie.price@flintshire.gov.uk

Isle of Anglesey

Tel: 01248 750057

Email: contactmon@anglesey.gov.uk

Merthyr Tydfil

Tel: 01685 727077

Email: C4wmailbox@merthyr.gov.uk

Monmouthshire

Tel: 07929 749966

Email: cfw@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Neath Port Talbot

Tel: 01639 685915

Email: jobsupport@npt.gov.uk

Newport

Tel: 08081 963482

Email: CentralHub@newport.gov.uk

Pembrokeshire

Tel: 01437 776437

Email: cfwplus@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Powys

Email: jobsupport@powys.gov.uk

Rhondda Cynon Taff

Tel: 01443 744308

Email: eira.cook@rctcbc.gov.uk

Swansea

Tel: 01792 457025

Email: cfwtriage@swansea.gov.uk

Torfaen

Tel: 01495 742131/01633 648312

Vale of Glamorgan

Tel: 07874 635237

Email: c4w-barry@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Wrexham

Tel: 01978 802418 / 01978 820520

Email: CFW@wrexham.gov.uk

Case studies from the Communities for Work device loan scheme