- 22/02/12 - Strode College Helps People Back to Work
These days redundancy can hit anyone and finding another job can be very difficult. But one group of Frome jobseekers were determined to be proactive in their search for work, so they signed up for a Retail Skills and Customer Service course with Strode College.
Run in association with Job Centre Plus, the free course covers customer service, the huge scope of the retail sector, CV writing, interview techniques and food safety. It leads to an `Award in Retail Knowledge` and a food hygiene certificate; qualifications that employers recognise as best preparing candidates for work.
Course leader Martin Titmas and tutor Marc Braddock were pleased by the enthusiasm of the students and their many positive contributions which "made teaching a real pleasure", Marc said.
As for the students, they gained from the experience. Natalie Hibberd thought the course was "really good and exceeded my expectations". Gemma Willis said she "loved and enjoyed the course', and Craig McAuslene summed it up by saying: "friendly tutors, friendly people, very interesting course and even great fun".
It all took place in the function room of the Cornerhouse, the old Lamb Inn. Course leader Martin Titmas said: "The helpful staff at the Cornershouse provided us with an example of good customer service. The learners were also able to gain some real insights into the hospitality industry".
Anyone who is unemployed and interested in these `back to work' courses, should contact Strode College on 01458 844400 or their Jobcentre adviser.