Six new learners from Westbury celebrated completion of a new childcare course thanks to joint funding of more than £8000 from the Westbury Area Board and Sovereign Housing. Another five have also completed a beginner’s IT course.
With a noted shortage of childcare providers in the West Wiltshire area, the newly qualified residents are keen to move onto the next phase of the course, after getting their NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children.
Petra Millar, 33, said: “I’ve always wanted to work in childcare, but was afraid to go back to college because I am dyslexic. But when I saw this opportunity right near where I live I just couldn’t pass it up, and now I’m moving on to study the next level of qualification.”
Scott Jacobs-Lange, Communities Officer with Sovereign Housing, said: “We consulted residents in Westbury West to find out what courses they wanted. Childcare was the top priority. We worked with the Westbury Community Project to create this local learning opportunity. A grant from Wiltshire Council via the Westbury Area Board, plus some funding from Sovereign helped to buy laptops and cover the cost of venue hire.”
The course was provided by Wiltshire College. Because of a shortage of childcare workers locally, Wiltshire Council’s Childcare team met learners to offer advice about securing work in the sector. They encourage anyone interested in getting into the Childcare sector to visit their website where they can learn more about support and further training available:
Sovereign is continuing to work with the Westbury Community Project and other partners to build a clearer understanding of adult learning needs in Westbury West. New courses can be provided in Westbury if there is enough demand, so if there’s a subject you would like to learn to help you get into work or progress your career, please let us know by completing this survey
New courses will be advertised here and in the White Horse News.