Last year BCHA helped 190 people find employment, 45 people into volunteering opportunities and 268 people to achieve at least one accredited certificate. BCHA are looking to help even more people find employment this year, through the launch of a new training academy – ‘Sequal Enterprises’.
Sequal Enterprises will be open to individuals wishing to access qualification training for personal and professional development – people who are motivated to find work, or who are currently in work and wanting to retrain.
The new facilities will deliver skills training and qualifications in trades including plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating, commercial cleaning, grounds maintenance and business administration.
Sequal Enterprises is open to anyone who has a desire to learn these skills. It is hoped the course will provide more opportunities to people in the local area and that partnerships will be formed with local businesses who are looking to up-skill their staff for professional development.
In addition, the new venture will also provide volunteering opportunities, aimed at retired professionals to offer their skills and expertise, inline with the government’s social action agenda.
Sandra Hartnell, Head of People, Learning and Work, commented: “Every aspect of our Learning and Work Department is tailored to develop participants long-term work prospects.
“We are delighted with the results we are currently achieving, but are always looking to provide more opportunities for local job seekers. We see this training academy as a way of helping the local area, giving people who have a strong desire to learn more opportunities to do so and consequently, a higher chance of finding employment.”
The academy will be based in Pokesdown and will be opening in the Autumn.