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‘LJ’ is creating positive opportunities for himself!

9:21 am, Friday, 6th January 2023 - 1 year ago


FOR one North East Lincolnshire man, adult learning has given him a new lease of life.

Encouraging people to go along to an adult learning and skills roadshow, being staged in Grimsby and Cleethorpes from tomorrow, (Monday January 9), the 51-year-old has talked of his experiences. The words of ‘LJ’ speak for themselves…

“I worked for 34 years, up until three years ago when I had to give up due to ill health. Although I have some good days, most I spend in pain with limited mobility. When I came out of work, I became very depressed – I had always worked, but was no longer able to. Mentally I want to return to work, but I am very limited in what I am able to do.

“The Job Centre encouraged me to attend some form of training, and I chose CPO (Creating Positive Opportunities), as it was local to me. The staff were very supportive and gave me advice and guidance as to my next steps.

 “Whilst I have been with CPO, I have been preparing to return to work when I am able to, and I have gained some current employability skills and a qualification in mathematics. I attended every week and received praise and encouragement which was very much appreciated.

“After a short break I referred myself back to complete an English qualification. I currently attend one day a week, working towards my Functional Skills English Level 1 qualification. I feel much happier in myself, and I look forward to my English sessions. My tutor feels I have really come out of my shell and communicate more naturally rather than being forced into conversation. I am currently weighing up my options for when I complete my English early next year, if I can find suitable employment I want to return to work.”

Where’ LJ goes:

CPO, (Creating Positive Opportunity)

Courses offered:  Functional Skills English and maths, a range of light-touch maths courses including ‘Budget Buddies’, and accredited, sector-specific employability courses.

Who are they for: Maths and employability courses to those 19+, English Functional Skills to anyone aged 16+.

Funding: All the courses are offered free of charge, and we can offer a free lunch in the community café on the days that our learners attend.

Location: The learners live all over North East Lincs. CPO is based within Centre4 Community Centre on Wootton Road in Grimsby

Future opportunities: CPO is currently running a Customer Service Skills course which teaches, among other things, how to understand organisational customer service goals, dealing with complaints, and how poor service can negatively impact on a business. This is a great addition to the CV of anyone looking for work in retail, hospitality, or any role that involves contact with customers.

Skills For Life roadshow details: 

Monday Jan 9th9-12.30Central Family HubEdward Street, DN32 9HL
Tuesday Jan 10th9-12.30Queensway Family HubBinbrook Way, Grimsby
Wednesday Jan 11th9-12.30Reynolds Family HubMachray Place, Cleethorpes
Thursday Jan 12th9-12.30Nunsthorpe Family HubSutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby

At the roadshows will be the Grimsby Institute Learning Centres, Franklin College Adult Learning, Creating Positive Opportunities, Avant Skills Academy, Think Employment, Care Plus Group, Lincs2, Families First and the National Careers Service.  People will also be able to find out about free courses in maths, skills distance learning, English and IT with details of childcare support.

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