A few volunteers set up the Iranian Association in early 1980s in response to the needs of Iranian refugees. The association became a registered charity in 1985. During 1980s IA offered advice on issues such as immigration, housing and benefits to the refugees and organised cultural events. Having identified a need for Skills For Life courses, in 1990 the association applied to Hammersmith and Fulham local authority for a grant to offer Information Technology Training with English language support.The first training programme of IA was completed in 1991 developing the skills of twenty refugees. The association match-funded the local authority funding with the European Social Fund grant enabling the association to pay student allowances for the course. The number of the training and education places in the Information Technology, ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy courses has now increased 10-fold. The centre now offers over 200 training places per year. A good portion of the courses offer nationally recognised certificates such as City & Guilds, Pitman and OCR. Building on existing work in the area of advice and guidance, the centre launched a new IAG project in April 2002. The advice service helps the clients in the areas such as finding suitable courses, job search, writing CVs and UCAS forms.
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