We are pleased to announce that we are running a MacsMAD (Macaroons that Make A Difference) training programme for 35 to 55 year olds.
The course is expected to begin on Thursday 26th July and we are now taking referrals and bookings for taster sessions.
Below, we have put together some information about the programme, how to refer trainees, book taster sessions and the criteria for enrolment.
What is the programme?
MacsMAD (Macaroons that Make A Difference) is our eight-week training programme. The programme enables people experiencing long-term unemployment to build their confidence and skills to become work ready.
We work on areas such as personal and social development, and looking forward to a positive future. This includes support to identify their short and long term goals and how to achieve these, putting small attainable goals in place, identifying barriers, looking at sources of help and creating a clear picture of success. This increases trainee’s aspirations and confidence, and shows them that things that they wish for in life may not be so hard to reach after all.
The programme is split into two, four-week periods. The first four weeks sees trainees building the skills needed to work in catering. We teach pastry chef skills, involving how to bake, match and fill macaroons, food hygiene and safety and skills such as resillience, projecting your voice and team work.
What do trainees get?
MacsMAD trainees will be able to receive continuous mentoring and support, including:
Access to resources to help trainees achieve their goals.
Employability, CV and interview tips to master that job application process.
Work experience to improve their CV.
Introduction to local employers.
Throughout the programme, trainees will receive a folder and workbook to keep track of their progress, make notes and log their learning journey. This will be revisited at each session to review the trainee’s progress.
How does the process work to refer trainees?
Any referral organisations interested in referring candidates for the course are invited to contact Helen Fernando, Programme Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0121 359 0700 or 07539842381. Candidates will be contacted to attend a taster session hosted by Miss Macaroon. Taster sessions can also be organised with referral organisations.
What is the criteria?
Trainees need be aged between 35 to 55 and been unemployed for more than six months. Trainees should have a good level of Maths and English and be willing to commit to the whole programme, mentoring and any work experience opportunities.
We are able to take on trainees who are ex-offenders. With regret, we are unable to take on trainees with a history of arson or knife crime. If you would like to refer a trainee with an offending history, please contact our Programme Leader to discuss further.
Who can I contact if I want to refer a trainee, book a taster session or get more information?
Please contact Helen Fernando, Programme Leader on 0121 359 0700 or 07539842381 or email email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.