Learn how to survive the credit crunch


Courses on how to survive the credit crunch are being offered by PCDT (previously known as Penwith Community Development Trust) with support from ESF Convergence investment.
PCDT recently held an event to celebrate the success of students who had gained qualification in a wide range of subjects including; Literacy, Numeracy, IT, Assertiveness and Decision Making and English for Speakers of Other Languages.  One course entitled “Surviving the Credit Crunch” is helping students to gain the personal financial management skills necessary to cope with the current economic climate.
Andy Moore, Chair of Trustees at PCDT presented students with their certificates after which they enjoyed seasonal refreshments and the chance to meet and socialise with other students and Skills Centre staff.
Tracy Waters, Head of Employment, Training and Development at Penzance-based PCDT said: “It was fantastic to see so many students not just picking up one certificate but having achieved qualification in a number of subjects.  We are delighted that we have been able to support so many students through our Convergence contracts, which has enabled us to deliver courses which are exciting and relevant to local needs.”
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, added: “The personal achievements and skills that these qualifications represent are vital building blocks in helping the individuals both access and progress in work. One of the key goals of Convergence ESF investment is to give people the right support at the right time — congratulations to all involved.”
The training team at PCDT work with students who are both employed and unemployed and have developed a range of exciting training opportunities which not only enable people to find work but to also to progress in their current job role and to improve the effectiveness of their organisations.
Courses include, ASDAN Employability Award, ASDAN Certificate in Volunteering, Certificate in Adult Numeracy or Literacy, ITQ Information Technology, NVQ in Business Administration, English for Speakers of Other Languages and many more.  
Tess Dawe Skills for Life Co-ordinator at PCDT said: “As well as our accredited training, Convergence investment has allowed us to develop and run a number of short courses which will help to build confidence and self esteem and enable effective decision making.  Further, we have courses which will help you to market your organisation, write excellent press releases, learn more about equality and diversity, or stay safe in your workplace.”
PCDT has Convergence contracts via the Learning and Skills Council (The Learning Partnership – Partnership Works; Skills for Work and Capacity Building Works) and Jobcentre Plus (Working Links under the Cornwall Works Plus contract).