BFAWU member Kevin Bird was recently furloughed and decided he would use the situation to improve his skills, so contacted his unions Learning Services team to see what was on offer.
Kevin first contacted the BFAWU Learning Services Facebook page on the 2nd April requesting the means to access the Learning Curve courses on offer.
BFAWU Learning Project Worker Karen Plasom takes up the story:
I asked him to send me his details so I could get him set up. I spoke to Kevin and sent him an email with the link to sign up for the courses.”
Working at Samworth Brothers, Manton Wood, Kevin was furloughed, along with others from the company. Having time on his hands he decided to keep his body fit by running three times a week and occupying his mind by immersing himself in course work and so enhancing his CV as a result.”
The Learning Curve off a wide range of online courses which lead to qualifications, and Kevin thought he would try a couple of them, starting with Mental Heath Awareness.
We have been furloughed because of the COVID 19 pandemic a having our wages paid by the government and topped up by the employer. I decided not to sit back but to increase my own knowledge and understanding of issues that can affect us all”
He went on to say:
I have an interest in mental health issues so decided to start with the Mental Health First Aid course which I found really interesting. I then contacted Julie Oakley at BFAWU Learning Services and signed up for the Equality and Diversity course. Each course took me around 10 days each to complete and I am waiting for feedback from the tutor”
Kevin’s work is waiting to be marked, but it has not stopped him ploughing on with another, he is now tackling the Prevent and Safeguarding course.
BFAWU Learning Services Manager Lisa Greenfield congratulated him saying:
Well done Kevin, keep up the good work.”
Being furloughed can be frustrating, but it also offers a good opportunity to build up your CV and learn some new skills, and we would love to hear from any members interested in exploring our learning offer.”
To find out more about lots of learning opportunities at home go to the unionlearn [email protected] page.