New Horizons Bursaries available to people in West Norfolk trying to get back into work
People living in West Norfolk who are trying to get back into work are being offered the chance to study short courses with the University of Cambridge free through a new bursary scheme.
New Horizons Bursaries will cover the full cost of tuition fees for both short and online courses at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) – a part of the University which provides a wide range of courses for adults.
The initiative is part of the New Horizons Project, which was started in 2017 by the CHS Group, a charitable housing association, to support people in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Norfolk who are not in work.
The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. Its clients often have significant amounts of debt, are struggling to make ends meet, or are considered to be at risk of social exclusion.
The bursaries were launched in September and will allow people involved in the project to study subjects as diverse as science and medicine, business and management, creative writing, and history and politics, under the guidance of University of Cambridge academics and expert tutors.
The aim is to give participants new skills and experiences that will not only strengthen their employability, but develop their self-confidence and sense of social connection.
The bursary programme is one of several that ICE has put in place to provide learning opportunities to adults who have not previously had access to higher education, and to help people to improve their career prospects. It emerged from existing links between the University of Cambridge and New Horizons, which is run in partnership with several different organisations, including the University’s Centre for Housing and Planning Research.
Places on the bursary scheme will only be open to existing New Horizons clients. The project currently supports more than 400 people across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and West Norfolk, and coaches will be encouraged to recommend individuals who they think will benefit from the programme.
They will also advise on the application process, on the learning format that might suit them best, and work closely with the team at ICE throughout to ensure that bursary recipients feel welcome and encouraged.
Organisations and companies that are interested in partnering with ICE should email: email@example.com
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