Inspire Middleton has recently received its certificate of achievement for the provision of it’s ‘Back to Work Essentials‘ training delivered at the Lighthouse Project. The training was funded as part of an ESF Community Learning grants programme run in the north west, and courses were offered through a 12 month programme of employability sessions delivered on a 4-week rolling programme.

Beyond basics - logosBack to Work Essentials covered the key skills that people need for modern day job hunting and getting back into work, such as CV writing, using email, online job hunting, filling in forms and much more.

The course delivered by Pam Semp and Carl Roach and several of the Lighthouse volunteers included personal development sessions, using Word and Excel and an introduction to volunteering.

Some of the learners also took the opportunity of taking the entry level 3 City & Guilds online basics assessment, which for many was their first formal qualification since leaving school. The sessions provide practical tools and resources for learners and also help to increase individual confidence and self-esteem and reduce social isolation.

New skillsIn a recent visitor survey (April 2015) 82% of Lighthouse Project visitors said that they had been encouraged to learn a new skill whilst visiting the centre, and this helped build up their confidence.

The Lighthouse team are carrying on their work club and employment activities in a new course called the ‘Back to Work Academy’ which is structured learning and workshop style sessions running every Wednesday morning from 10am. Call in for more details.