Awards mark success of Blackpool Coastal Housing training programme

Published on 25/04/2019 by nmoo

A training programme run by Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) in conjunction with Blackpool Coastal Housing is proving highly successful in helping tenants to gain skills that will help them into work.

B&FC runs the programme in local community centres and it is free for tenants of the 5,000 homes managed by Blackpool Coastal Housing on behalf of the council.

Those taking part work towards recognised qualifications in maths, English, employability and ICT, all of which contribute to improving their job prospects whatever the field of work they chose to enter.

The exceptional efforts of Blackpool mum Chantelle Quinn, 30, were recently recognised at an awards ceremony where she was crowned ‘Learner of the Year’ for the outstanding progress she has made on the programme.

For Chantelle the recognition was all the more significant as she is the full-time carer of her 11-year-old disabled son Kaidon, who stood proudly alongside her as she received her trophy and certificate from Wendy Hirst, Curriculum Leader for the programme.

Highly commended at the Imperial Hotel awards event for his commitment to the programme was Stephen Phillips, 44, also from Blackpool. His efforts have led to a permanent job as a care assistant at Bellmar Rest Home in Lytham and he is continuing his studies on the programme in order to further widen his career opportunities.

Emma Inglis, Programme Leader in English, says that all the 40 people who have taken part in the programme in the past year deserve recognition.

“Everybody on this learning programme has shown great determination towards obtaining these essential qualifications that will improve their chances of finding good quality employment, which a number have already done,” she says.

“Their efforts are all the more commendable because some have to balance their involvement on the courses with challenges in their personal and family lives. Where difficulties exist, our programme takes account of those and is designed to provide flexibility by delivering the learning in ways that meet those individual needs.

“Everyone in the team involved in the programme is immensely proud of the achievements of the students and their transition into worthwhile employment.”

Running alongside the essential employment skills training is a scheme operated in collaboration with Barclays Bank. This provides free advice and help to tenants on a range of financial issues including personal budgeting, banking, and debt advice.