Training 2000 Book Donation Speaks Volumes

Training 2000 has provided text books to enable a learner in Gambia to start a Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification.

Ousman Sawo, 37, worked as a labourer to build the Don McMath Foundation School in Gambia before being asked to join its teaching staff as school administrator.

During this time, Ousman completed the Level 1 AAT qualification and is going to use the books donated by Training 2000 to prepare for his Level 2 AAT qualification which he plans to start as soon as he has raised the necessary funding.

The school, founded by Anne McMath, is named after her late husband Don, a teacher in Sussex until 1991 and is the first and only free school that provides teaching, equipment and uniforms for more than 300 of the poorest children in Gambia.

Suzanne York, an external verifier for AAT who regularly visits the school in Gambia, said: “Ousman started his education late in life so he feels very privileged and thankful that these books have been donated to him, especially as he is constantly looking to expand his skills and learn as much as he possibly can.

“Every one of the 350 students at the Don McMath Foundation School is supported in their education by UK sponsors who pay £60 per year for each child’s education. This has to cover paying the teachers, supplying the uniforms and equipment, along with paying for electricity, so any donations are always greatly appreciated and will help to create opportunities for young people in Gambia.”

Rowena Brough, business manager at Training 2000, added: “Our business has formed strong links with AAT so we felt honoured to present Ousman with some accountancy books that would enhance his learning and help him to achieve the Level 2 qualification. We are always happy to donate what we can to charitable organisations and I’m sure we will be able to make further donations to the school in the future.”

Training 2000 Learners Provide Bags Of Support At Retail Outlet

A group of Training 2000 learners will get hands on retail experience when they help a local community interest organisation set up shop.

Eight youngsters have spent time over the past six weeks helping with research and design and setting up the ‘Mum’s The Word’ shop, which sells children’s pre-loved school uniforms and activity items at a fraction of the usual cost.

The team has been busy preparing for the ‘Back to School’ themed launch on Saturday 20th July 2013 and will help to dress the store with much-needed stock.

Co-founded by mumtrepreneurs Rachel Rhodes and Caroline Fatios, Mum’s The Word also provides a textile and footwear recycling service and The Mall Blackburn has provided them with a unit, equipment and marketing support free of charge, during its busiest time of year.

Organised through the training provider’s pre-apprenticeship programme, a scheme which equips people with the skills required to start their career, the group will get hands on retail experience to prepare them for the world of work.

Sarah Lang, Career Development officer at Training 2000, said: “We’re delighted to be helping Rachel and Caroline with their business venture, not only because it will benefit parents in the area, but also because it will provide a valuable opportunity for our pre-apprentices to gain valuable work experience.

“This partnership has given these young people a chance to develop their communication and team building skills, which will help them to secure a job and they are all really enjoying the experience.”

Rachel Rhodes, co-founder of Mum’s the Word, added: “The Training 2000 learners are a great help and we are extremely excited about what we envisage will be an extremely successful summer for the business.”

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, concluded: “We are proud to support Mum’s The Word and look forward to introducing them to our customers at the ‘Back to School’ themed opening on Saturday 20th July.”

To donate any unwanted school uniforms and activity items, please call Caroline or Rachel on 07968 802824 or deposit in store, which is located at the unit next to Ditsch adjacent to Vodafone, nearby to the County Court entrance.