2014 Learning Programme Launch Success

Severnside launched its 2014 Learning Programme on Friday 14th March 2014; a skills and training programme to help their customers get back into work, learn new skills and deal with Welfare Reform changes.

The launch event held at the Shrewsbury Central Baptist Church, Claremont Street, Shrewsbury attracted 170 visitors and a staggering 274 courses were booked on the day!

The 2014 Learning Programme is packed full of free short courses and training events covering a diverse range of subjects, including ‘Improving your Maths and English’, ‘Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate in Catering’ and ‘The Welfare Reform and You’, with a large number of the courses accredited.

Over 350 people attended courses last year, six secured employment, two signed up to attend college courses and one person enjoyed their training so much they signed up to become a trainer.

There is also great news for anyone who is on Job Seekers Allowance and required, under the new Claimant Commitment, to evidence that they are spending 35 hours a week seeking and improving their chances of finding employment as the Learning Programme brochure has a ‘Claimant Course Tick’ indicating which courses can assist with the completion of commitment hours.

Training courses will be delivered by Severnside staff and partner agencies including the British Red Cross, Shropshire Fire and Rescue, Shropshire FA, The Prince’s Trust, Relate, Social Telecoms and many more.

Claire Poulson, Community Development Officer, at Severnside who is responsible for managing the Learning Programme said “This year’s Learning Programme is bigger than ever and full of courses designed to help people get back into work, manage their finances and deal with changes owing to the Welfare Reform Act.  Courses are free to Severnside residents and there is a small charge to non-residents.

We are absolutely delighted that so many people came to the launch event and signed up to attend our courses.  I would recommend that people take a look at the learning programme brochure on the Severnside website as no matter what your age or ability there really is something for everyone.”


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