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Moving In Moving On expands as result of new funding

28 September 2015

Thames Reach’s painting and decorating training course for long term unemployed, homeless, and vulnerable men and women is expanding, and will be offering longer and more regular programmes throughout the year thanks to new funding from Heart of Experian, MariaMarina and the Westminster Foundation.

Moving In Moving On will grow from a six to an eight week course at the Employment Academy, and will also be run in a six week format at the Crisis Skylight Centre near Spitalfields.

Currently, the course involves two weeks of teaching practical skills and preparation, followed by four weeks on site placement renovating part of a property.

Under the new expanded format, there will be an additional two week module teaching key skills on subjects such as: pricing and estimating jobs; CV writing; interview practice; and help in applying for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card.

These skills are currently informal, optional elements of MIMO, but are now set to become central to the course offering.

Michael Hegarty, Thames Reach’s senior practitioner within the employment and resettlement team, said: “The additional funding helps us offer better support to trainees in accessing further employment and training.

“The extra two weeks mean we can focus more on additional key skills for trainees, and now these skills are a core part of the course we can better respond to related trainee feedback too,” he added.

John from Moving In Moving On
John, attendee on the current Moving In Moving On course at the Employment Academy