College funding up for grabs
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Halton Housing Trust is offering to pay course fees for unemployed customers to help kick start their careers.
As part of its employment project, the Trust is keen to help people gain the skills and qualifications needed to find work. Customers who work part time can also apply.
Lawrence Fulton, 52, is the first person to take advantage of the funding by starting a Level Two course in Professional Cookery at Riverside College.
With a love of food gained from living in Bulgaria, Switzerland and America, Lawrence now wants to work as a professional chef. He said: “After living around the world, I’ve learnt lots about different cuisines, particularly after working for food banks in New Mexico and Manhattan in the US. I’ve always had an interest in food and when I heard that Halton Housing Trust was offering bursaries, I jumped at the chance.”
After returning to the UK in the 1990s, Lawrence worked in grounds maintenance but he always wanted a different career. He is currently unemployed, so paying for a college course was out of the question: “I wouldn’t be on this course if it wasn’t for the bursary received from Halton Housing Trust. They also paid for my uniform, so they have really helped.”
As part of the year long course, Lawrence will learn all aspects of professional cookery ranging from meat, fish and vegetable preparation through to baking and sauce making.
“My message to other people in my position is to jump in and apply for the bursary because you have nothing to lose,” said Lawrence.
Debbie Jameson, customer involvement officer at the Trust, is keen for customers to get in touch. She said: “It’s a problem for people if they are trying to get back into work because if they are on benefits they can’t afford fees, uniforms or equipment. The bursary that we offer is there to help people like Lawrence, so we encourage customers to get in touch.”
Funding is available for a wide range of courses. For further information about the bursaries, contact Debbie Jameson on 0151 510 5185 or Michelle Phillips on 0151 510 5184.