Expert aims to boost job skills

Sandra Hodson, training officer at The Terrace Training Centre, Castle Avenue, Conisbrough
Sandra Hodson, training officer at The Terrace Training Centre, Castle Avenue, Conisbrough

A TRAINING expert with years of experience is co-ordinating a new initiative to help people gain lifelong skills.

Sandie Hodson has joined Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) as a training officer to oversee a comprehensive programme of free workshops dealing with money advice, employability skills and volunteering.

Sandie, 50, has held various managerial roles in the voluntary and health sectors and worked extensively with clients to help them make positive changes to their lives.

Aimed ultimately at improving health and wellbeing, the DWDT project is supporting people borough-wide to take control of their finances and be pro-active about finding work.

As well as working with residents generally, part of Sandie’s role involves a dedicated service to help St Leger Homes tenants manage their money.

“Cash is in short supply for most of us just now so we’re giving tenants tips about things like budgeting, credit costs and spending which can make a big difference to quality of life,” explained Sandie.

As part of her full-time post, she will hold courses at DWDT’s Terrace training centre in Conisbrough as well as meeting people in their communities.

Her appointment is one of several at DWDT after it secured funding to promote adult and community learning and to support job-hunters and business start-ups.

A Forthcoming workshop at The Terrace willo be an Employability Skills day on November 24. Contact Sandie on 01709 866466 or email sandie.hodson@dwdt.org.uk for more.