Borders College

Training caters to employability needs of job seekers

Funded by Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) the latest group of Catering for Life candidates in the Borders have successfully completed the 10 week course offered by Borders College.

Borders College Catering for Life students

Back row: Steven Fox, Louise Lindsay, Kenneth Kerr, Raymond Young, Gordon Ward
Front row: Derek McGowan, Brian Boardman

Candidates received a personal development programme to help them improve their chances of finding a job and help develop the necessary life skills they need to achieve their personal and vocational goals.

The group completed awarding body modules including First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, and Computing and Online Basics, as well as some additional sessions in Employability, Kitchen Skills, CV Writing, and Work Placement with input from the Healthy Living Network team.

Fiona Turnbull, Contracts Manager within the College’s Business Development Unit, said:

“I am delighted that this course has yet again been so successful. The course is designed for people out of work to get back into employment. The course provides candidates with the skills to assist in confidence building and preparing for interview as well as gaining mandatory qualifications and work experience that will enhance their CV.”

In fact, the course’s impact has begun to spread even further – Mike Niven, Employer & Partnership Manager at JobcentrePlus added:

“Our Catering for Life course designed to support those furthest from the Labour Market has proved very successful and has had such a positive impact on customers lives that Catering for Life is now being promoted and delivered in other areas of Scotland.”

A celebration event took place recently in recognition of the group’s success, where candidates each received certificates to mark their achievements.

Some of the 7 candidates have since enrolled onto other courses at Borders College and others have secured employment.

  • Visit our website to find out more about courses offered by the Borders College Business Development Unit.

Published: Wed 14th Nov, 2018