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Bursary helping customer to cook up a storm


Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Communities, Universal Credit

Debbie and Michelle Debbie and Michelle

One of the first people to receive a college bursary from Halton Housing Trust hopes to inspire others to take the plunge into education in 2013.

52 year-old Lawrence Fulton has now completed his first term at Riverside College and now dreams of working abroad as a professional chef. Customer Lawrence has applied for a training programme at an international hotel and hopes to be snapped up after his Professional Cookery course ends in June next year.

The trainee chef said: “I’d highly recommend customers to contact the Trust and apply for a bursary. I’m really happy on my course – it’s hard work but worth it. I’ve made Christmas themed dishes recently, which has been hugely enjoyable.”

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.

Many customers have started a wide range of courses since the Trust first made their bursary offer in September 2012, and customer involvement officer at the Trust, Debbie Jameson, hopes that many more customers will apply in 2013.

“The New Year is a fantastic time to start learning something new because people feel motivated and fresh,” said Debbie.

“Courses can sometimes be too expensive for people on benefits who are trying to get back into work. Quite often 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.”

Unemployed customers or customers working less than 14 hours a week are welcome to apply.  For further information contact Debbie Jameson on 0151 510 5185 or Michelle Phillips on 0151 510 5184.


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