OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Learn Skills To Keep A Firm Ticking
in Coventry who are unemployed or working in small and medium
sized companies are being offered free training in skills
essential to businesses.
City Council is offering the training in topics including first
aid, risk assessment and health and safety as well as specialist
subjects such as food hygiene.
PATS project (Practical Additional Training Scheme) has been
running in Coventry for a year and already 100 small and medium
sized companies and more than 250 people have taken part.
training is funded until December and is paid for by money won
from the European Social Fund.
courses have been selected to meet the rising demands for these
skills. The aim is to help people make themselves more marketable
and companies to raise the skill levels of their employees.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal), said:
courses are available to both people in employment and those
looking for work.
are also invaluable to some of the city smaller employers
because they often find they have training needs but no money to
employees also give companies the extra edge that they need when
they are competing for work.
the good news is we have won further funding to the tune of £33,000
from the European Social Fund to continue the courses."
free training is available at a number of venues across the city.
hygiene awareness training is being run at Coventry Bangladesh
Centre in Foleshill as there are a lot of food producing companies
in that area.
in St Nicholas Street, Radford, provide training on risk
assessment and health and safety, as well as courses on first aid
and food hygiene.
Hill College is holding first aid training and Coventry Technical
College have also been heavily involved in the project and have
piloted a computer based self-assessment package which Coventry
Bangladesh Centre have been trying out with their trainees.
package tests knowledge of food hygiene in a quiz format, and has
proved to be so popular and user friendly that it is currently
being produced into other languages.