Jobseekers in Worksop have taken a big step towards employment after completing qualifications with West Notts College.
The students, with ages ranging from 18 to their late 40s, enrolled on the first course to be run by the college in Worksop, which is aimed at helping people learn and develop the skills needed to get back into work.
All 15 of the students - all Worksop residents - gained three qualifications, and were given job interviews by Notts Community Housing Association.
Pamela Clarke, one of the course co-ordinators, explained: “The course is run in conjunction with the Jobcentre and employers around the county, so we encourage the employers to get the learners involved and offer interviews.”
“This has led to learners being offered positions - three or four of the Worksop students did get jobs with NCHA - but it’s also about learning how interviews work and giving them that experience to help them find a job elsewhere.”
One of the qualifications earned through the course at Gospel Hall on Church Walk was the Level 1 extended award in employability and personal development, designed to develop interview techniques and career plans.
They also studied for the Level One in preparing to work in adult social care, and Level Two working in the health sector.
One student, 20-year-old Jess Dainty, said: “I started looking after my partner after a motorcycle accident, and during that period I realised looking after people was what I wanted to do, so when when I heard about the course I signed up straight away and completed the full six weeks.
“The course was absolutely fab, I learned a lot and took a great deal out of it.”
Adam Clark, 23, explained that the course had helped him on the way to his intended career as a nurse and given him valuable qualifications.
He said: “It’s been really useful as I wanted to gain some experience before going into nursing. The course led directly to an interview on Wednesday and I ended up getting the job, so it’s prepared me well.”
The students are also pleased to see the course running again in June, and have offered to help the next batch of learners.
Adam said: “I’ve already spoken to the Jobcentre, and a few of us have said we’ll go in and talk to the next group, to tell them how we benefitted from the course and where it’s taken us.
“It’s been a massive help to me, and I’m sure the other students would say the same.”
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