A SOMERSET college is set to deliver a course in forklift training for people who have recently been made redundant. 

The training will be given through a sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) course designed to help jobseekers find new employment.

Stode College's work-based learning manager Sharon Pickford completed this training course herself to monitor the quality of the training. 

She said: "This course is part of Strode College work in providing a work based sector academy to support individuals who are being made redundant from a local employers and who need to have recognised training in the operation of fork-lift truck operations. 

"To ensure that we are able to deliver this provision, I have completed a course in the operation of a counter balance fork-lift truck alongside a local training organisation who are partnering with Strode College called LGS Transport Training.

"I spent the day learning the principles of operating a fork-lift truck safely and also learnt how to drive and operate a counter balanced fork lift truck. 

"I really enjoyed the training and experience which means I now understand what is required to pass the course."

SWAP courses are an opportunity for people to learn new skills and gain experience within a particular industry, such as construction or warehouse work.

The programmes are designed to help jobseekers who are claiming either Universal Credit, a Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), or an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), to build confidence, improve job prospects, and enhance their CVs.

They last up to six weeks and consist of three parts: Pre-employment training, work experience with an employer in the industry, and a job interview or help with the application process at the end of the programme. 

FDor more information, contact Suzie Drew, Strode College's business development manager, by emailing sdrew@strode-college.ac.uk or phoning 01458 844419. 

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