Buckinghamshire Adult Learning helped Emma Brunt find her dream job and it could help you. Whether you are looking for a step onto the first rung of the career ladder or need a boost to your confidence in re-joining the world of employment, Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a range of courses to help.
Emma, from Chalfont St Peter, was furloughed from her temporary job in fashion retail at the start of the pandemic last year. Watching a news report where Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to recruit 13,000 new work coaches across the UK, Emma was inspired to act.
The Work Coaches scheme offers vital retraining opportunities to people looking to start a new career as well as support for those who need to update their skills and CV or simply prepare for an interview. After discussing opportunities with her own work coach at her local job centre Emma was advised to get in touch with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning.
Shortly after Emma enrolled on a Civil Service Employability course. The course teaches a range of skills including how to write an effective application and how to prepare for video interviews and also practise the online tests that form part of the Civil Service recruitment process.
After studying the intensive online one-week course, Emma applied for a job with her local job centre and was successfully recruited as a work coach herself. As a thank you for helping her, Emma has since contributed to several other courses run by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, as a guest speaker. Using her own experiences, Emma has been able to give other learners a flavour of what it is like to work for the Jobcentre Plus and to talk about her experiences of the selection process.
Emma said: “I felt totally inspired by the Chancellor’s speech and realised that this was a great opportunity to give back to the Buckinghamshire community in unprecedented times.”
Emma’s tutor, Christine Frost said of her: Emma is a fantastic example of how initiative, hard work and a positive attitude to learning can have a massive impact on someone’s life. Not only did the course give Emma the confidence to apply for the job, but it has helped her recognised the value of adult learning.”
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a range of part-time courses for adults including employability, digital skills, English and maths, apprenticeships and learning for personal development.
Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services said: “As a result of the pandemic many more people are facing difficulties in finding work or looking to change or upgrade their skills to find a new job. Buckinghamshire Adult Learning is a great resource for anyone looking to boost their chances of success in a challenging job market.”
More information can be found at: www.adultlearningbc.ac.uk or by calling 01296 382403.