Radio star rewards Prestonpans learners

Forth One's Arlene Stuart presents certificates to learners at the Pennypit Centre, Prestonpans.

Forth One's Arlene Stuart presents certificates to learners at the Pennypit Centre, Prestonpans.

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Forth One presenter Arlene Stuart was special guest at an event at the Pennypit in Prestonpans, which honoured a group of East Lothian learners.

The NOEL learners (New Opportunities East Lothian) have been taking part in an SQA course in Employability Skills, which ran between September 2013 and March 2014. They received their certificates from Arlene last week.

The course has been running in East Lothian over the last four years, targeting people who are looking to return to work or take a change in direction in their life.

Elements of the course included personal development, in particular confidence building, identifying existing transferable skills, goal-setting and job search skills and finally culminated in a Scottish Qualifications Award in Employability Skills.

Fifteen learners in total have gained the SQA certificate and three have been successful in gaining employment since joining the course. Others are continuing to apply and have interviews, some are applying for college courses or looking to change their current employment and the support team at East Lothian Works is providing help with this process.

East Lothian Works is the council’s flagship employability service. It brings together a range of key council services and other partners including Skills Development Scotland, Job Centre Plus, Edinburgh College and Queen Margaret University and many others – based in Lodge Street, Haddington.

The learners joined the course in a variety of ways. It was advertised in the local press and through posters in schools and libraries. Others had taken part in groups or courses with Community Learning and Development and some were referred by the Job Centre.

The course will be running again in autumn 2014. Anyone interested or looking for further information can contact East Lothian Works on 01620 827262 email

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