Courses are just the job

The Blossom Forth team.
The Blossom Forth team.

NEW training schemes have proved to be just the job for a group of parents.

More than 20 parents, from both North and South Tyneside, were the first to undertake two bespoke courses designed by entrepreneurs as part of a national pilot project to find new ways to lift families out of poverty.

One of the projects – a social enterprise to provide childcare, support and advice for parents of children with disabilities or additional needs – was thought up by Katherine Hagan.

Katherine, 30, said: “When parents feel comfortable leaving their child with someone who will provide the additional support they need, they then have the freedom to look for employment or training, breaking that poverty cycle.”

The eight-week course is part-accredited by Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College, and, so far, 17 parents have taken part.

The other, designed by Mohammed Miah, provides a translation and interpretation service for non-English speakers. So far, ten have done the 14-day course.

The parents were presented with certificates by TyneMet College principal and chief executive Jon Vincent.