Strode News

02/03/11 - Strode College Helps Bridgwater People Back into Work
Strode News

Strode College in Street, in association with Job Centre Plus, has been providing free training for Jobseekers in Bridgwater.  The training, which took place at the Tudor Hotel, was designed to develop an understanding of customer service and the skills required to work in a customer focused organisation, including retail and hospitality. 

Most of those on the course had not worked in customer service jobs before, but they wanted to widen their search for employment.  The training will also give them an edge and confidence when it comes to job interviews.

The Jobseekers enjoyed the course and found it helpful.  "I will make use of everything I have learnt," said Sara Mills. "There were many things that I learnt about retail and customer service that I did not know, even though I have worked in Retail before".

Alison Meakin said:  "I will feel more confident going to interviews and will now go for a wider range of jobs." And Cathy Savage said: "At first I was nervous, but the tutors were excellent. They have a great way of getting people to learn well, I've learnt loads."

Graham Knight, Head of Business Development at Strode College, said: "It's great to see how enthusiastic the students have been; our tutors said that their positive contributions made teaching 'a real pleasure'.  I'm delighted they gained so much from the course and wish them success in the future. 

"We are running more courses in Bridgwater in the spring and summer.  If you are interested you should speak to your Job Centre Plus advisor, or contact Gill Anderson at Strode on 01458 844419 or ganderson@strode-college.ac.uk".

Photo: Strode tutors Martin Titmas and Gill Anderson with Bridgwater Jobseekers on the first two training courses.