A group of parents is celebrating success after completing a course which will help them return to learning and take the first steps towards future careers.
The group is made up of parents of young children who attend the Harrogate Town and Starbeck Children’s centre. Last week they attended a presentation event to receive their certificates for completing a confidence building course.
The course is a partnership initiative between the children’s centre and North Yorkshire County Council’s adult learning and skills service. It is designed to help people identify their own strengths, improve communication skills and establish personal goals as a means of going on to further training or study or to taking the next steps into employment. Many of the participants have gone on to enrol on further courses and one has found a job.
Bernadette Dempster is one of the parents who attended the course:
I heard about the course from my parent support adviser (at the children’s centre) and she encouraged me to attend and a crèche was provided so I could attend. The course has made a big difference. I am now so much more confident by completing it and am now progressing onto a level two business course.
County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Learning and Skills said:
This is a great example of how the partnership work between the adult learning and skills service and the children’s centre has been able to make a difference to the lives of families with young children. This training opens up opportunities for people so they can work towards a future career and employment.