Our Skills and Employment Manager, Norman Jennings, recently presented an award on behalf of Hertfordshire LEP at the HAFLS (Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service) Festival of Learning Awards. The awards were held to recognise the achievements of learners on HAFLS-funded courses who have achieved employability qualifications, or who have progressed into employment or volunteering.

The Progression & Employability Award was awarded to Svetlana Kulvanouskaya, who successfully completed the Marks and Start Employability Programme whilst also improving her spoken language skills. As a result of her performance in the programme Svetlana secured permanent employment at Marks & Spencer in London Colney, just one month after having completed her work experience placement in March 2016. Svetlana said she was very excited to have the opportunity to take part in the HAFLS programme, as she felt it would help her improve her communication skills and provide invaluable work experience.

Recognition also went to runners-up Jane Sawford and Dawn Leatherland, who both completed employability and skills courses with HAFLS, and demonstrated significant progress and drive.

Hertfordshire LEP is very proud to be supporting organisations like HALFS, who are helping more adults in Hertfordshire take advantage of the increasingly diverse range of job opportunities available in the county. Facilitating programmes that support adult and lifelong learning is a big part of our Skills Strategy to 2017, which aims to support those who are most vulnerable into work, thereby bolstering a strong Hertfordshire economy in which business can thrive.

You can find out more information about the courses available from HAFLS here.