A group of adult learners have been developing skills to help them secure jobs through a Bury College Adult Skills course.

Individuals completed a two-week stint in the Bury College Carpentry and Joinery department where they received basic training in how to use and model woodwork.

Bury College short Adult Skills courses such as these are available to provide individuals with the skills and confidence to get their foot onto the career ladder or to venture back into the world of work.

68-year old Michael Owen, a retired Community Nurse who lives in Little Lever in Bolton enjoyed the course so much he is eager to try more Bury College Adult Skills short courses. Michael said, “For me, Bury College is leading the way in Adult courses. As a retired person, I was looking for a short course which was the first step into learning something new, in a relaxed and informal setting. I think it is fantastic that Bury College facilitates this and the tutor was brilliant.”

Zoe Mawdsley, 40 years old from Bury, is currently unemployed and found out about this short course through the Bury Adult Learning Centre. Zoe added, “The course has been good. I have liked doing the wood-work and using the tools.”

Two of the learners who completed the course also attended No Barriers workshops, a lottery funded project developed in partnership with Bury Adult Learning Centre and ADAB. The No Barriers project aims to develop the confidence and life skills of individuals through one-to-one support, group project activities and advice and guidance sessions.

Chris Hutchinson, Bury College Carpentry and Joinery Workshop Tutor and Assessor said, “Bury College is extremely proud to deliver short Adult Skills courses. This course was tailored to ensure this group of individuals gained new skills to either help them take their first step towards a new career or develop interest in a new hobby.”

For more information about Adult short courses at Bury College call 0161 280 8645.

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