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29.10.03
Visitors from Hungary learn about help for jobseekers

A delegation from the Hungarian equivalent of Jobcentre Plus is near the end of a 2-week spell in the South West. Their visit was aimed at giving them an insight into the facilities available for people who are trying to get back into employment.

Their programme included finding out about the services of Jobcentre Plus itself, and also visiting many of the companies contracted to work with Jobcentre Plus, who handle re-training for customers, or guide them in some other way towards starting work.

Two full days were spent in Cornwall with Cornwall Jobcentre Plus Objective One European Social Fund (ESF) Manager, Jacki Williams. Jacki said: "We planned a full itinerary for the delegates so that they could see some of the innovative ways Cornwall Jobcentre Plus helps Jobseekers to overcome their barriers to employment. Funding from Objective One helps Jobcentre Plus to widen the ways it can offer help, allowing more jobseekers to move towards supporting themselves through work."

Visits were made to Access Training at St Austell and DMT training at Bodmin. At Access Training the delegates met a number of the partner organisations that work alongside Jobcentre Plus, providing a service for Jobseekers and engaging them in training and other activities, which will help move them towards work.

One of the delegates, Janos Baksa, said, "We came here to learn about the Employment System and to see how the European Social Fund adds value to the mainstream services Jobcentre Plus provides. We have enjoyed the visit and will take back many useful ideas to support us when Hungary joins the EU in May 2004."

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Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
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