Jobs, Education and Training (JET) on Normanton Road, Derby has delivered employment training to the local community for many years – the event this week was just another celebration in a long line of successes. The recognition of the achievement by the individual is a fundamental part of the training programme.
The Mayor of Derby was also in attendance and give a speech and handed out certificates and supported and praised the participants for the significance of their progress in their 6 month journey.
A number of the learners made short presentations about their experience on the course – overcoming nerves to stand up at the front was a major success for many.
The “Step by Step” project was administered by Uzma Hussain from JET, and was established to support 60 unemployed people from the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Community (BAME). The objective was to provide, over a 6 month period, a range of courses to improve everyday life and employability skills, as well as, improving confidence, self-esteem, and identifying opportunities for gaining additional qualifications.
The specific courses delivered, included:
– Introduction to IT
– Accredited First Aid
– Accredited Level 2 Food Safety
– Accredited Level 2 Health & safety
– Cultural Awareness
– Employability Skills
– Health & Wellbeing
The training included people from external agencies – Nigel Stirland (First Aid Solutions) , Melanie Waldron (Waldron Associates) and Ruchita Shaikh (ArtCore).
The employability aspect of the training helped the participants with job searching, and CV writing.
The project was over-subscribed and 76 people were helped through the programme. 9 individuals were supported into employment, 23 people gained qualifications, and 26 learners gained access to further training.
The whole project was funded by Futures through the European Social Fund and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency. I spoke with the representatives from Futures who were responsible not only for allocating the funding but also ensuring that value had been delivered. They were very pleased that the original, declared objectives, had been achieved and, in some respects, exceeded – they could see for themselves how the leaners had benefitted from their participation.
The 76 people who attended were from across the community but it was predominantly women from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. For them, this was a positive step to seek out opportunities for increasing their contribution to Derby society.
This is an old video but gives some further insight and background to the work of JET
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