It was smiles all round as the first cohort of FareShare London volunteers passed their Warehousing course (Level 2 Qualifications and Credit Framework) with flying colours.
The nationally recognised qualification is designed to enhance job prospects and help job seeking volunteers into work.
“This can be a turning point in their lives as quite a few volunteers go on to get jobs. It’s been truly fantastic.” Training Officer Mark Hague explains. “It’s also good to get more women into this field as it’s traditionally been an area that men are more attracted to.”
For Natalie, a full time carer to her mum, it’s been something that’s been hugely important for her and her fellow volunteers. “When I finish caring it’s an opportunity to gain work experience on top of a qualification. It’s been very gratifying and huge for self esteem.”
As someone who has been out of training for a while, Della felt nervous at the start of the course but now hopes the training will help her find a job as a driver in the future. “I’ll put it up pride of place on my wall!”.