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Employment Academy hosts first painting and decorating course just for women

3 November 2016

The first ever Moving In Moving On (MIMO) painting and decorating course exclusively for women finished last month at the Thames Reach Employment Academy, with a 100% completion rate.

The course took place from 30 August to 6 October, with four weeks of training, covering a range of areas, including preparation of plaster and timber, paper hanging, and paint systems and their application. This was followed by two weeks of work on site, redecorating a room at Thames Reach’s Lambeth High Street hostel.

One of MIMO’s main outcomes is to prepare graduates for further training and employment, and the most recent course has been particularly successful in this regard. Three graduates are set to start new jobs, one of which will be in painting and decorating, while another is hoping to eventually become self-employed as a decorating contractor.

Several of the graduates are applying for CSCS cards necessary for entering the construction industry, or are enrolling on specialist construction courses. Some are also taking part in various schemes organised by Thames Reach’s employment and resettlement team, such as the accredited digital skills course and the 1-2-1 Literacy programme.

One graduate is also currently volunteering on reception at the Employment Academy, and another is due to help out as a volunteer on the next MIMO course, starting in November.

Robert Townsend, who runs MIMO, said: “They’ve been a great group. They met all the deadlines on site and were very neat and tidy with their work.

“I know I’ll enjoy having one of the graduates volunteering alongside me on the next course too.”

There are plans to hold further MIMO courses exclusively for women next year. A preliminary start date has been set for April.

If you would like to enrol on the next course, or know someone who would, please contact Robert Townsend via: robert.townsend@thamesreach.org.uk

MIMO Graduation Course
Graduates from the most recent MIMO programme with course leader Robert Townsend (third from left)