Qualifications on offer with vocational courses
North Northumberland residents are being encouraged to improve their skill-set by signing up to further education classes.
Berwick Adult Learning Centre, Northumberland College and Borders College all attended the Berwick Small Business Conference in the town hall on Friday.
Linda Weddell from Northumberland College spoke about its work to encourage apprenticeships.
Jane Cooper of Berwick Adult Learning Centre revealed that it soon hoped to be able to offer science GCSEs for the first time.
Conference organiser Cllr Eric Goodyer felt it was of real interest that all three education providers present (Northumberland College, Borders College and Berwick Adult Learning Centre) said that they had a wide range of vocational courses on offer in Berwick but not enough people were applying to fill the classrooms.
He said: “We need to tell the colleges what skills we need. If we can prove to them there is demand for them, the colleges have the money to invest in this town and expand their services.”
Local employers said that they could expand their businesses if people with the right skills came forward, Cllr Goodyer reported, showing the jobs are there in the town for young people with the right training.
There will now be a discussion in the town council to decide if it should make the next event a traditional careers fair to inform Berwick’s young people about the range of skills training and job opportunities that are available to them in the town.
Cllr Goodyer said: “There is no need to move away from Berwick to get qualification or a job, but we need to do more to make everyone aware of what is on offer.”
If any employers would like to exhibit at a careers fair they should contact the council.