Taster sessions to improve job prospects

Ian Mitchell from Department of Work and Pensions, Duncan Abernethy, External Affairs Manager with delegates and staff from Banff and Buchan College.
Ian Mitchell from Department of Work and Pensions, Duncan Abernethy, External Affairs Manager with delegates and staff from Banff and Buchan College.

Banff and Buchan College, as a member of the Employability Partnership, recently hosted a taster day for over 80 delegates who are currently looking for work.

Individuals sampled a range of courses across the areas of Customer Service, Woodland Training, Construction Skills and Care.

The day was organised by the Employability Partnership which consists of a number of agencies who share a common aim in supporting individuals who are out of work back into work or training.

As well as Banff & Buchan College, attending on the day were representatives from Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Foyer and the JobCentre+.

Delegates each took part in 2 different taster sessions, providing an opportunity to try areas that they might not ordinarily have looked at leading to greater understanding of what work in an industry sector might look like.

Duncan Abernethy, External Affairs Manager for the College said: “The partnership identified a range of employment opportunities across different industrial sectors such as care, construction and customer service where, with the right rtraining and associated certification, participants could help launch a new career.

“With Asda and Wetherspoons opening new branches in Fraserburgh, the provision of Customer Service training including Servewise and Door stewards certificates, means that clients become work-ready to apply for opportunities as they emerge.

“The next step is for the College to run the actual training programmes to help delegates become certified. These will run from Monday, June 24. ”

Employer and Partnership Manager for the Department of Work and Pensions, Ian Mitchell said: ”This the first time we have run an interactive session whereby the customers have a choice of what classes they wish to sample, which then allows them to make an informed choice at the end of the day.

“We can then assess the demand and look at what courses we are able to run where leading to the overall goal of improving job prospects.”