New skills mean new opportunities

June Smyth NHS Borders director of workforce and planning
June Smyth NHS Borders director of workforce and planning

There were celebrations at Borders College for ten trainees who completed a ten week ‘Catering for Life’ programme.

NHS Borders, Borders College and Jobcentre Plus joined forces to put together the course, the aim being to help unemployed people in the Borders with mild and moderate health conditions and disabilities to improve their employability skills and self confidence.

Presenting the certificates, Deidre McKendry, head of business development at Borders College said: “Borders College is delighted to play a key role in this successful programme which gives trainees the opportunity to achieve industry recognised qualifications, develop new skills, improve confidence and increase opportunities for their future employment.

June Smyth, director of workforce and planning for NHS Borders said: “I would like to convey my congratulations to the trainees on their commitment and drive in successfully completing the programme. I would also like to thank our partner agencies for working together to make employment programmes a valuable experience for unemployed people.”

For further information on how to apply for similar programmes please contact your local Jobcentre Plus adviser. The Catering for Life programme is available to all Jobcentre Plus claimants, regardless of their benefit type.

As part of the course, Borders College awarded accredited qualifications including the elementary food hygiene certificate, basic health and safety, first-aid, computer and online basics. These qualifications go alongside the input from NHS Borders Healthy Living Network who delivered sessions on health and wellbeing, stress management and healthy lifestyles.