Recession beating courses at Academy Trust go down a storm

Academy Trust

Dorece Hunter (left) with Chantelle Ford (right)

More than 80 adults took up the chance of free learning courses at an Academy Trust this week.

They headed for Priory Community School – an Academy Trust – for a range of courses which started on Monday for anyone aged over 16.

PCSA’s aim is to help people in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset to develop skills and confidence to tackle the increasingly difficult job market.

Even this week there have been details of increases in unemployment in the area, and a 300 per cent increase in youth unemployment in North Somerset in the last three years.

If the trial is successful this week, Priory hope to expand the adult learning to be a regularly part of their service to the community all year round.

Organiser Chantelle Ford said: “We have been thrilled with the numbers signing up. We hope we can make this a regular part of our calendar.

“We want to help everyone aged over 16 to become more employable, or to develop the confidence to find work.

“It is a difficult time for people generally with the recession. As a high-performing Academy Trust, Priory wants to become a learning centre for all ages.”

Mum of three Dorece Hunter, from Weston super Mare, who has been doing an International Business Management Degree in her evenings as well as bringing up three young children, signed up for an ICT for business skills and sign language courses.

She said: “Courses like this are invaluable for people like me who have been bringing up children but want to develop new skills and get back into the world of work.”

Courses on offer include psychology, French, cookery, presentation skills and ICT for business skills, Japanese, Italian and employability skills, and more