A NEW project aims to help older people who feel their lack of computer knowledge is preventing them finding a job or changing career.

Halton Council is one of the Liverpool City Region Partners providing skills training and employment support for the unemployed.

The Include-IT Mersey, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, is part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.

The project provides a personalised package of support for residents in the Liverpool City Region who are out of work.

Halton Cllr Eddie Jones, board member for economic development, said: "We are delighted that Halton Council is one of the local authority partners that has procured and will deliver this innovative scheme to residents throughout our borough and across the city region.

"It is especially welcome here as we believe this opportunity for inclusion in the latest digital revolution will enhance the skills of our workforce and enable people to gain a better knowledge of the online social community."

The project aims to specifically help people aged 45 and over to improve their IT and online skills and build up their confidence in using digital technologies and support them into employment.

Help will also be given to improve employability and personal skills and develop their personal The course is free and includes 24 sessions over 12 weeks.

Anyone interested must enrol and can call Halton Adult Learning on 0151 511 7788 for further information.