Wising up about work

21st May 2004 at 01:00
As Adult Learners' Week draws to a close, we highlight a ground-breaking programme that is going national

For Elizabeth Drummond, now aged 31, the skills accreditation units have provided the route into independent living.

A unit in accessing community facilities - the swimming pool and supermarket shopping level 1 - was taken at Lanark Lodge Day Centre in Duns, which Elizabeth attended for 10 years after leaving school. She now does one day a week at the centre.

She joined a Workwise Project in 2002 and is working part-time as a hairdresser's assistant. Elizabeth has just completed another skills accreditation entry level unit in accessing public transport, allowing her to travel to work on her own.

Richard Stepanenko, aged 43, has been supported at the Lanark Lodge centre for 20 years and for 12 years worked, voluntarily, as an assistant janitor at Borders College. He now works part-time for the fire service as a cleaner.

Richard has just completed a level 1 unit in cleaning with the help of Bill Pollock, the employment support worker.

Not content with one job, Richard is also a part-time gardener for the local authority and has applied to do a further unit in gardening.

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