The Institute of Accountants and Bookkeepers has partnered with KCC’s 99 libraries to provide a ‘managing your finances’ one-hour learning course which covers some basic topics of setting a household budget, understanding your payslip, reducing your cost of living expenses, understanding loan repayments and accessing financial support.
The course will be available via the free public computers or people can simply scan a QR code which links to the course on their smartphone.
Once completed, users will receive a certificate which could prove invaluable when applying for jobs, volunteering roles, housing or potentially accessing further qualifications.
“Providing this support for our residents during this time where the cost of living has risen significantly will be of use to many.”
KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Clair Bell said: “Providing this support for our residents during this time where the cost of living has risen significantly will be of use to many.
“I am pleased our libraries are able to offer this service.”
IAB Sustainability Officer, Helen Boone said: “We are looking to help hundreds of people to understand how to get on top of their finances. This is particularly important when so many of us are coping with the cost-of-living crisis and may not understand how to make simple cost savings.
“As libraries are increasingly seen as important community hubs, we felt they were the ideal place to offer this service and we’re thrilled that Kent has fully come on board to help us.”
IAB Chief Executive, Sarah Palmer said: “We at the IAB are passionate about education and we want to do whatever we can to inspire the next generation of finance professionals. We also want to fill this important skills gap left by the loss of funding. That is why we have linked up with the Kent library team to roll out this training course.
“Not only will it help people with basic finances but we believe it can also form the pathway to a new career in accountancy, bookkeeping or business support.”