PUBLIC SECT0R: RNID joins forces with Barclays for education drive

The Royal National Insititute for the Deaf is to launch a PR drive

for a £1.4m education link up with Barclays Bank.



The three-year project, funded by the finance giant, will set up

specially designed technology courses for the deaf at colleges across

the UK. The PR campaign will be launched later this year and is handled

by Claire Austen, the RNID's IT Works communications officer.



Austen, who joined the RNID last month from agency Cairns and

Associates, said: 'This will bring immeasurable benefits. Technology

skills are a must have in the job market and the deaf and hard of

hearing have found it difficult to get training due to communication

differences.'



Austen reports to RNID head of media relations Juliet Couche and works

alongside the charity's employment, learning and skills service.



RNID research shows 19 per cent of deaf people in the UK are unemployed,

compared with five per cent of the general population.



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