Skills boost as training instructor joins team

February 2023

Training and skills are being boosted for our participants as an accredited instructor has joined our team.

Keith Black is now delivering training in-house to both staff and participants of our rehabilitation and food redistribution programmes.

Training and employability are central to our programmes, offering opportunities for ex-offenders, job seekers and people experiencing homeless to secure work and regain their independence.

Keith has worked as a qualified instructor for more than 20 years, previously working with our team through our ongoing partnership with Recycling Lives Ltd.

Now a full-time member of our social enterprise, he will be supporting staff, participants and volunteers to develop their skills. He will guide people through plant training, including for FLTs and MEWPs, as well as First Aid training.

Using our own team member makes delivering training to prison-based programme participants much easier, allowing Keith to deliver multi-day courses within prisons.

He will also be working closely with our partner prisons to deliver accredited training externally.

Keith has already delivered Forklift Truck training to staff and volunteers at our Food Redistribution Centre, supporting smooth operations at the busy warehouse.

Operations Manager Shaun Collins said: “Training has always been a key part of what we do, particularly for giving people skills and confidence ready to go into the job market. Having Keith working with us in-house means we can be even more responsive and flexible to people’s aspirations and needs. And because he’s worked with us in different capacities over the years, we know he’s patient, professional and encouraging with participants, giving people real confidence in their new skills.”

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