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Emmaus North East works with Google on skills drive

A homelessness charity is partnering with Google to provide skills and employment advice.

Emmaus North East is working with the technology company on the Google Digital Garage bus tour initiative.

The bus will offer people of all ages free digital skills coaching and advice to help them find employment, develop their career and grow their confidence or their business.

The double decker bus will be at West Park, in Stanhope Road, South Shields, on Tuesday, July 30 from 9am until 5pm.

Training available will range from novice levels to intermediate levels, with topics covering areas such as staying safe online, building a digital CV and personal brand, and constructing a social media strategy.

Emmaus North East opened its community house in March 2017 and supports 13 formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives. The charity sells furniture, clothing, vintage items and haberdashery from its two shops in Low Fell and Hebburn.

Rachel Eklund, deputy manager, said, “We are excited to welcome the Google Digital Garage bus to the North East.

“It is a great opportunity for anyone to learn new skills or develop current ones, for both personal and professional growth.

“This free support offered by Google will, I’m sure, be of great benefit to our local community, for individuals and groups or organisations, and I would encourage anyone who is even a little bit curious to attend.”

Ronan Harris, managing director for Google UK and Ireland, added: “In the digital age, a basic understanding of how the online world works is useful and when it comes to business, it’s essential.

“We hope people will pop in and get the skills they need to grow their confidence, career or business.”