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I am supporting a community pilot which brings together the provision of training, computer equipment, and reasonable credit, within a single coherent initiative.
The scheme is a collaboration between ourselves and a training company, together with the local RSL and credit union. The objective is to attract tenants to take up (and complete) a range of courses, for which they will be provided with a (refurbished) laptop to learn on. Once they have completed the course, they are given the option of buying the same laptop at a discounted price, partly subsidised by the RSL (in this case 50%). The credit union is available to help with any loan/repayment plan if needed - typical amount tenant would pay under this scheme is £70 - £90.
The amount of subsidy is variable (dependent upon available funding), but I believe other RSL's are trying out similar schemes. The main advantages are:
I'd be interested in any feedback, and hope this might be useful.
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