Paignton-based Eat That Frog is helping people affected by redundancy or unemployment meet the challenges of the post Covid-19 work market and find local opportunities for employment, training, work experience or volunteering.
Emma Seaman, ETF marketing manager, said: “The South West will inevitably be impacted by the economic effects of lockdown but businesses have a collective responsibility to do everything we can to keep our fantastic region productive and thriving.
“At Eat That Frog, we have almost ten years’ experience in helping people upskill, change careers and find employment opportunities and we’re determined to do everything we can to help people back into work or training.”
The not-for-profit company has been offering free online health and wellbeing support during lockdown, helping local people affected by isolation or anxiety, and have introduced more online courses supporting anyone who is affected by redundancy, furlough or who needs to re-think their direction.
The free courses each take just a couple of hours and can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or computer, with telephone and email support from friendly tutors.
Emma added: “We’ll be reopening our training centres to adult learners very soon, offering these courses in small, socially distanced groups, but our free online courses have proved so popular, we’re expanding the range.
“The added advantage is that people can complete our online courses in their own time, at home, which will be great for anyone who has childcare issues or is unable to access our training centres in Torquay, Paignton, Plymouth or Newton Abbot.”
Local learners who have completed the courses have found them really helpful, with all saying they’d recommend them to friends and family.
Will Owen, 25, was made redundant just before lockdown and recently took an online interview skills course with Eat That Frog.
He said: “I found the course incredibly useful. The tutor did a mock telephone interview with me afterwards which really helped with my techniques. I’ve not had to apply for jobs for a while, so it was great to have that support so I don’t freeze up when I get a real interview.”
Marc Docherty, 33, of Paignton, has been volunteering for Rowcroft Hospice and brushing up his IT skills while he looks for work.
He said: “I enjoyed the live lesson – it was fun but also gave me an opportunity to ask questions and get some feedback.
“The training helped me think differently about my skills, strengths and weaknesses, and the way in which I present these to prospective employers. It is giving me tools and materials to learn the new skills that I will need moving forward with my career.”
Find more info about Eat That Frog’s free support and courses at www.eatthatfrog.ac.uk or call 01803 551551.