|CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS: WEA Hunter foundation support worker Angela Griffith (standing) with The Village Kurri Kurri students Skye Cousins, Shannon Bisset and Belle Stuart. Picture and story from The Cessnock Advertiser.
A program designed for women who want to continue their education and gain sought-after employment skills is branching out into the Cessnock local government area.
WEA Hunter Foundation’s ‘The Village’ program recently started at Kurri Kurri Community Centre, and will get underway at Cessnock PCYC next week.
A similar program was launched in Raymond Terrace last year.
The Kurri Kurri and Cessnock courses will run for one day a week over 18 weeks. Students will complete a certificate II in skills for work and vocational pathways, while learning kitchen and hospitality skills on-site.
Foundation support worker Angela Griffith said The Village doesn’t just cater to young mums but women of a wide range of ages, who have been out of the workforce for a variety of reasons.
“It’s for women who want to make new friends, get skills for work and improve their futures,” she said.
“It builds self-confidence and self-esteem, and provides peer support.”