One busy mum found a whole new career path thanks to the training on offer at Plymouth City Council’s adult learning service, On Course South West.
Maggie Graham had four small children and wanted to both support her children’s learning as well as improve her employability. In 2008 she signed up for the Children’s Care and Development Level 2 course with On Course South West, which gave her the confidence to be a volunteer at a school, become a school Governor and complete more training.
She then became the Parent Support Advisor at the school and continued to train, undertaking Level 3 qualifications that helped her become the Chair for Whitleigh Big Local.
Maggie was offered a Family Learning Tutor post at On Course South West and then began working to support mums and babies at Trevi, including a secondment to run a house for women who had fled domestic abuse, homelessness, or had alcohol and drugs dependencies.
In May 2021, Maggie returned to On Course as a Learning Advisor, and she now enjoys teaching courses covering a range of topics such as crafts and wellbeing, cooking, floristry, foraging, and budgeting.
Maggie said: “I would recommend On Course South West to everyone, as we are a nurturing service, making sure we support our learners to fully reach their goal and visions. It gave me the confidence to want to learn more, train more and even work for them.”
Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People said: “This is an absolutely brilliant success story. The hugely varied courses on offer at On Course South West mean there’s something for everyone, whether you’re simply looking to get creative and try something new, or want to upskill and develop yourself by gaining qualifications that will lead to exciting new job opportunities, just like Maggie has done.”
Mark Trewin, Principal of On Course South West added: “Maggie is a perfect example of how the training and support at On Course South West can really change someone’s life. We are here to help people progress, upskill or simply start a new hobby. We are small and friendly, courses are flexible and most of them are free! We also offer bespoke courses to employers to support them with CPD and opportunities for lifelong learning. We are delighted Maggie chose to come and work for us and is now here to support our current learners.”
If you would like to discover more about courses on offer, On Course South West is hosting an Open Evening on Monday 6 March, 5pm to 7pm and an Open Day on Saturday 11 March, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Hyde Park House on Mutley Plain.
You can also find out more at www.oncoursesouthwest.co.uk.