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After redundancies, BIS announced a Skills Fund of up to £1.5million
Photo: IT and NEBOSH learners with Samantha Walker (bottom left) and Chris Smith (top right, rear) (RNN tutors).
Members from Thrybergh Bar Mill and Stocksbridge, along with colleagues from Aldwarke, Roundwood and onsite contractors are currently undertaking a variety of computer training, from beginner to Level 2. A further cohort of NEBOSH General Certificate learners has also used the boardroom to undertake their training. The boardroom has further been used to allow prospective HGV learners to meet with providers and gain an understanding of the knowledge and commitment needed to secure an HGV license.
Further use of the regional facilities is also planned, with RNN keen to develop our partnership to ensure members have access to quality training, not only during this time of redundancy but well into the future.
Ian Helliwell (44) formerly of Thrybergh Bar Mill said:
“I needed the NEBOSH qualification to enable me to look for better jobs but was not looking forward to “going back to school” after nearly 30 years. Communitas knew this was also true for many of my workmates and I knew they were working hard behind the scenes to see what could be done. It was a surprise and, I must admit, a bit of relief when I was told that my course would be taking place in the Union office and not in the college. Despite the training being very intense, I am sure the familiar surroundings, support from Communitas and the hospitality from everyone in the office helped me to settle in quickly and concentrate on getting the qualification. I hope to get my result at the end of June and would just like to say a big “Thank you” to the Union and the College”
Mick Roebuck (55) also formerly of Thrybergh Bar Mill said:
“I had no idea how to even switch a computer on before being made redundant. I spoke to Steve from Communitas and he helped me to create an email address and showed me how to send and receive emails. He encouraged me to enrol on all the computer training courses I could and I was happy to hear all my courses would be taking place in the Union regional office! I have attended several sessions and my “fear” of computers is now a thing of the past. I have been helped to work on my CV and can now search for jobs online. I have also been able to use the training as evidence to show the jobcentre that I am seeking work. I am looking forward to doing my HGV theory test online soon, which is something I wouldn’t have thought possible a few months ago”
Following the Tata Steel Rotherham & Stocksbridge redundancy announcement, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced a Skills Fund of up to £1.5m to support the affected workforce. This new money, the Deregulated Adult Skills Budget fund (DASB), which has now been confirmed and is being spent.
Communitas and our Branch officials have been involved in supporting our members throughout the application process. They have worked closely with Rotherham North Notts College (RNN) and the South Yorkshire Taskforce to ensure our members undertake their training in the familiar surroundings of our regional office if at all possible. To this end, the learning centre was resurrected and the boardroom made available.