College Celebrates Work Preparation Course Success

Tutor Malcolm Roe teaching a Lone Parents Work Preparation Class

Barnsley College’s Lone Parents Work Preparation students are proud to have successfully completed their course.

Over 50% of the 34 students who have completed the course have progressed into employment or further education, including roles in retail, with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and XPO Logistics.

Sue Sykes, Head of the Warehousing, Logistics and Workforce Development department at Barnsley College, said: “We’ve had excellent success with the course. It has been well received and life changing for our students. They have done incredibly well and we are so proud to have seen them grow and develop their skills through the duration of the course.”

The Lone Parents Work Preparation course is a specialised employability skills program which is split into classroom teaching and a four week work placement. It gives those who are out of work an opportunity to revisit interview techniques, learn about new regulations and gain valuable work experience, but fits around school hours and term times.

The course is a Department of Work and Pensions funded initiative. The college works closely with Barnsley JobCentre Plus who identify and refer candidates to the course.

In addition to the work preparation course, Barnsley College also offers a range of training courses, including IT refreshers for Excel, Word and PowerPoint; Read, Speak, Spell; First Aid at Work; Paediatric First aid; Health and Safety; and many more.

The college can also advise businesses on how to access funding and grants from the Sheffield City Region and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) to support businesses to recruit new apprentices and train existing employees.

For more information, contact the Warehousing, Logistics and Workforce Development team on +44 (0)1226 216 888 or email

Last updated: 6th June 2016

Originally posted on: 6th June 2016