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On course to find a new direction

Evesham Editorial 17th Mar, 2020   0

A PERSHORE woman has embarked on new employment after taking her place on a free training scheme which aims to bridge the skills gap in Worcestershire.

Sally Harte had been working as maternity cover on the reception at Evesham College and was wondering what her next job would be after the temporary position ended.

College group WCG, which includes Evesham College, is currently delivering Train 4 Success (T4S) – a programme giving individuals employed within Worcestershire aged 50 and over, free places on a wide variety of part-time, college courses.

T4S is funded through the European Social Fund.




Sally accessed the training and is now a fully-qualified first aider and has landed herself a job with Medicare-EMS, which provides first aid support at sport and entertainment events across the country.

Visitors to Stratford Racecourse and Worcester Racecourse will regularly see Sally in the grandstands and around the course.


She completed a three-day first aid course at Evesham College and urged more people in her position to do the same.

Sally said: “I’ve been working a range of jobs over the last few years after moving to Worcestershire from Oxford and when I knew my maternity cover was coming to an end at the college, I was wondering what employment I could get to replace it.

“I’d heard about Train 4 Success, looked at the different courses being offered and as I’d wanted to do a First Aid course for a long time.

“I signed up for it, the bonus being it was free, and now it has provided me with new work opportunities. It’s also given me the confidence to know that if I’m out and about and someone is taken ill in front of me, I’ll be able to help!

Train 4 Success was launched to upskill workforces across the region and delivers training at Evesham College, Malvern Hills College and Pershore College.

Training sessions cater for the needs of individuals and businesses and can be delivered in workplaces as well as at the colleges.

Adrian Barradell, from Train 4 Success, said: “It’s great to see Sally benefitting from the free Train 4 Success training, and she is an example of how wide-ranging the benefits of this programme can be.

“It can be accessed by individuals within a business, like Sally, who are looking to add new skills, or by businesses who are looking to upskill the employees in their workforce aged over fifty.

Visit www.wcg.ac.uk/trainforsuccess or call 0330 135 7218 for more.

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