New learning opportunities for residents of Kidderminster

New learning opportunities for residents of Kidderminster

We are delighted to be working with Worcester County Council and the European Social Fund to deliver new learning opportunities for the residents of Kidderminster and surrounding areas.

The joint partnership is launching a fully funded and accredited 60-hour training package for up to 20 learners, which will run until June 2022 at Ashfield Social Farm and Garden, with the aim of supporting people back into the workplace.

About the course

Ashfield Social Farm & Garden is set in 5-acres of countryside close to Iverley, on the Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Dudley Borough border and will support learners who are at risk of long-term unemployment due to the covid pandemic, to develop the confidence to enter into further training or the jobs market.

The key objective is to support learners to achieve entry-level qualifications in horticulture, animal husbandry, woodland skills and up to 600+ other arts & crafts related courses.


            Newly built polytunnel and garden at Ashfield Social Farm & Garden.

Accessing the course

To qualify for the course, which is free of charge, learners must be a resident of Worcestershire and also in receipt of universal credit or other welfare benefits, as well as meeting just one of the following criteria: be female, or over 50 years old, or from a black or ethnic minority background, or have a recognised medical condition, disability or support need. Transport to and from the site can be provided from a central pick-up point in Kidderminster one day a week.

Jenny Cadman, the Social Farm and Garden Manager said:

We have a team of fully qualified support workers and tutors all eager to get started. The project will be person-centred at every stage, enabling learners of all abilities to work at their own pace, so they can flourish and thrive, whilst picking up new skills and crucially, the confidence to raise aspirations for what they can go on to achieve.

To find out more about the project, please contact charlie.geary@cvt.org.uk or jenny.cadman@cvt.org.uk or call: 01384 441505.

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