Learning new skills and developing existing ones is always a great way to build confidence and help with future employment prospects too.
Two years ago, City of Bristol College ran a course for us called Introduction to Team Leading. This was so useful for both Staff and Companions that our Business Manager Malcolm Thorne has been hoping to repeat the experience with other relevant NVQs. The Government is currently making funding available through their Train to Gain initiative, and we are looking forward to beginning three new courses this month, led by tutors from CoBC.
Two members of Staff will be taking the Level 3 in Management, our two Community Assistants will be taking the Level 2 Team Leading course, and five Companions will do an NVQ in Customer Service. Other courses are in the pipeline for later this year.
Not all the courses we do are quite so studious, though, as you can see from the photo. In May, four Companions completed the RYA dinghy sailing Level 1 course in Bristol docks. This was made possible through the Companion Training Fund, which is managed by our umbrella organization, Emmaus UK – and a great time was had by all!