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Employability Skills is a Success

In October 2014 learningSkills launched a new and improved Employability Skills for adults. Based in our newest centre at Gateshead Interchange, the programmes can help you to not only improve your chances of finding work, but an opportunity to develop personal skills, such as confidence and overcoming barriers. learningSkills offer 6 programmes to help you into work: If you are: Recently unemployed, new to claiming benefits or need to use Universal Credits, but just need a bit of help or access to a computer then come along to our weekly job club– Mondays 3.30-5.30pm If you have been: Out of work for between 6 weeks and 6 months and need some help with refining your interview techniques or CV then come along to our 3 week full time course- Monday- Friday 9.30-3.30pm If you are: More long term unemployed, need help with most aspects of finding work and lack IT skills then come along to our 6 week part time course- Monday- Friday- half days only If you are: More long term unemployed, need help with finding most aspects of finding work, lack confidence, have a physical or mental health need or claiming ESA then come along to our 6 week course- Monday – Wednesday- half days only If you need: Help deciding on what job is right for you, have little or no work experience and lack IT skills or confidence then come along to our 12 week course- Monday- Friday- half days only If you need: A lot of support, lack confidence, have a physical or mental health need or claiming ESA then come along to our 12 week course- Monday- Wednesday- half days only Our team, Chiara, Donna, Lauren, Nick and Paula can help you realise your potential. For more information, or to book in to have a chat with a tutor, call or text Paula on 0771 495 7898 or email employability@gateshead.gov.uk. The end of year survey, showed that all learners could, after completing the course, recognise their strengths and areas for improvement. This helped them to target their job search in areas that really played to their attributes. Part of the course is focused on raising your personal resiliance. 96% of learners...

A clean sweep to success !

In February, learningSkills Employability and Careers ran a course for long-term unemployed adults who wanted to enter the cleaning industry. Working in partnership with a local cleaning company Gateshead LearnindSkills  designed a bespoke programme based around employability skills, the cleaning industry, health and safety and customer service skills. The course was advertised through local Job Centres and Economic Development and in total 22 learners attended the programme. The course Over three weeks learners gained real work experience in a BICS Industry Approved Training Centre, gained valuable health and safety knowledge from training with the Fire Authority and after an intensive employability skills week attended a real interview with the cleaning company. All learners achieved their qualification in Facilities Services and many of them have moved in to further training or employment. Cherylea Tinnion was one of the learners on the programme. Cherylea, 22, had a brief work history, mainly in retail or the hospitality industry. She demonstrated a real drive to succeed and emerged as a natural team leader and problem solver. At the end of the programme she applied for an Cleaning Apprenticship role with Bede Community School. She was delighted when she was told that she had been successful; “I am over the moon. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn new skills and train at the same time!”   Her 12 month Apprenticeship starts in April and the employer has already decided to develop her in to further...

Young Learner Becomes a Learning Support Assistant

Young Learner Becomes a Learning Support Assistant

Jan 8, 2015

Liam Skee is eighteen years old and was born and raised in Gateshead. At school, Liam juggled his study while caring for his disabled parents. Liam’s dedication paid off when he succeeded in achieving good GCSE results. Liam readily admits that, despite his GCSE achievements, he lacked confidence and was unsure which route to take after school. Liam therefore decided to enrol on our Ready to Work Programme in February 2013. Maria Tyson was Liam’s Lead Tutor. Maria recognised Liam’s potential and the challenges he faced. Remembering Liam at the beginning of his journey, Maria said; “It soon became apparent that Liam was a smart young man who was juggling other commitments. Even though he was meeting his family and learning demands, Liam was always the first to offer help to his peers when they needed his support. Throughout Liam’s course we ensured he received wrap around care from our team. We engaged Liam in exercise activities to help him to overcome his reliance upon energy drinks which had contributed to Liam experiencing panic attacks and insomnia. The group learning activities and individual support helped Liam to develop his confidence and self-esteem.” “It soon became apparent that Liam was a smart young man who was juggling his commitments” Liam was a model learner throughout the Ready for Work programme. His attendance record was excellent and he always made valuable contributions to class discussions. Maths tutor Sarah Richardson said of Liam; “Liam attended my maths course. He flourished in class and his peers welcomed his support; I could see then that he had the necessary qualities which would enable him to make a difference to the lives of others.” A Natural Progression Every tutor that worked with Liam felt that he had potential to be a very good support worker. Liam welcomed the possibility of supporting tutors and  helping young learners to overcome some of the challenges he had faced himself. In 2014, Liam applied for a job as a Support Worker with learningSkills. Liam performed extremely well during the interview and impressed the interviewers with his enthusiasm and maturity. learningSkills were thrilled to offer Liam a Support Worker position. Supporting Young Learners Liam initially...

ALD Hairdressing supports learners into work

ALD Hairdressing supports learners into work

Jan 8, 2015

Maelene Narsi was out of work, a single mother and desperate to get a break. Her life changed when she enrolled on a course with one of our partners, ALD Hair and Beauty.         Here is Maelene’s story in her own words: I got a job thanks to all the studying I have done and the support of ALD. I owe it all to the amazing tutor Gillian and all the staff! Before I started training with ALD I had no qualifications at all; I was a single mother with nothing behind me. I had tried to find work but no one wanted to employ someone without any skills. By chance, I received a leaflet in the post advertising the courses at ALD. After I overcame my nerves, I picked up the phone and called them. I came in and spoke to Julia who told me all about the course. I knew straight away that it was the course for me! I met the amazing staff who helped me with all the paper work, funding for the course and with the practical and written parts of the course. Throughout the course the tutor Gillian always took her time to explain everything and if I was stuck she was there to make sure I understood it all. I learned so much! I started at ALD with nothing but left with my NVQ Level 1 and 2 in Beauty Therapy. In addition I did courses in Hot Stone Therapy and acrylic nails. I worked hard and to top it all off I won an amazing ‘student of the year’ prize! “I won an amazing ‘student of the year’ prize.” ALD gave me an opportunity to better my life and because of them I have now got employed at Hollywood Nails and I am loving my work. Who would of thought a leaflet through the post would have led to me meeting such lovely people, learning new skills and getting my dream job. I will always be grateful to Tracey, Gillian and Julia. ALD have been more than just a training company; they have been a blessing in my life! I have grown in...

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