Mat and Lizzie learn together with the FBU

FBU Education and Lifelong Learning are helping families learn together with their Level 2 distance learning courses, as Mat Rosendale and his daughter Lizzie Rosendale discovered when they enrolled with the union.

Mat and Lizzie Rosendale

Mat is a retired Fire Fighter and out of trade FBU member, whilst his daughter Lizzie is an Admin worker for a learning disabilities charity, and a volunteer fire cadet instructor with London Fire Brigade.

The father and daughter duo both signed up for a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding children and young peoples mental health.

Mat has been doing the courses on offer from the FBU for a while and explained:

The FBU encouraged me about 4 years ago. I love doing things with my family so why not a distance learning course?”

The pair really enjoyed the chance to learn together and felt there were a number of benefits studying the course together and they were able to pool experiences together and share ideas.

Mat said:

It was good to encourage each other by helping each other and learning together. Lizzie loved nagging me to get my homework done!”

Also it was helpful to share ideas etc. We love doing things together. A bit of healthy competition and encouragement also helps you to keep focussed.”

Lizzie added:

It was really useful to help each other get through it together and I agree with what Dad said, but the disadvantage was he was like a teacher nagging me!”

They also felt that they had a lot of support from the FBU National Learning Team Mat said;

They are very helpful and enthusiastic. They’re great friends too.”

It has been a great experience. These courses are very interesting and user-friendly. Learning together is great fun.”

Lizzie agreed thanking the FBU and saying that it had been a great experience as well, she added:

I would like to work with young people. This will help me.”

After studying for the certificate together Mat and Lizzie are already planning their next courses. Mat has signed up for the L2 extended certificate in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events and Lizzie is hoping to study a L2 in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People.

FBU Project Support Organiser, Tim Davis, congratulated Mat and Lizzie and highlighted how popular the Level 2 courses have been with FBU learners.

Tim said:

This academic year we have so far had 217 completions via the Skills Network and this number may increase over the next week or so. We have also had nearly 150 completions of the level 2 distance learning courses that we can offer directly through our Learning Centre in partnership with Leeds City College, which is also this number also expected to increase.”

Tim paid tribute to all FBU members studying at the moment, and added:

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19, and the demands on our members whilst operationally supporting the NHS, it is incredible that we have still enabled so many learners to have benefitted from these courses and to continue gaining these qualifications.”

If you are interested in studying towards a Level 2 qualification through your union speak to your union learning rep or go to the unionlearn website and find out more about the courses on offer through the Skills Network.