Employment training empowers

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A partnership programme with Banff & Buchan College, Jobcentre Plus, Aberdeenshire Council and Skills Development Scotland has seen 11 students complete the five-week KeySkills for Employment course at the Macduff Learning Centre.

This course equips the students for employment using a variety of qualifications, including Word Processing, Information Technology and Emergency 1st Aid. These qualifications are important to anyone who would like to gain employment in an office environment.

Karen Campbell, personal advisor with Jobcentre Plus said: “This Keyskills course has given the participants the opportunity to learn new skills and gain training that is relevant in the workplace. Some were understandably quite anxious about going to college but in no time were enjoying the experience realising how much there was to gain in completing the course.”

The group said: “We have all got on well together and worked well as a team to complete the tasks. We have gained qualifications and learned a lot of new and useful skills. The course has been enjoyable and given us the confidence to move forward as we are now motivated and intend to be proactive.

“We have all become good friends”. As a result of the course so far three of the students have gained employment.

In addition to the office qualifications and for those considering a job in the food industry the students have also achieved their Elementary Food Hygiene, Servewise, Risk Assessment and Manual Handling certification.