Training and Engagement
Roshni provides a mixture of NOCN accredited/non accredited training in a number of subject areas including sewing, ESOL (entry, level 1 and level 2), introduction to computers and the internet, beauty therapy, confidence building, cooking, health and safety, conversation English, women and health, positive parenting, women and work and job search.
In addition we are a UK online centre, helping women who have little confidence and knowledge of ICT to develop ICT skills that can be used for everyday life; to improve employability and take up further training opportunities.
Currently Roshni runs weekly ESOL classes for beginners, ICT classes as well as a weekly job club - helping women who are seeking employment to find work. We also put on a Positive Parenting course for our Empowerment Project clients who are parents of young children. This is coupled with a pampering experience for the mums.
Our current service
We are running a number of weekly classes, including ESOL, drama-based English conversation class, job club and employability class.
New development - We are running a number of weekly classes; please contact us for more details of our latest timetable.
In 2018 we ran a new programme of training, called the ‘Inspiring Work Project’ to develop Entrepreneurship in women. We helped them to develop specific skills and confidence with a view to becoming more active and independent.
The Inspiring Work Project
The Inspiring Work Project aimed to help women set up small businesses based on their existing skills. This meant helping them recognise their own abilities and strengths and exploring whether any of their hobbies could be turned into a business idea. The project helped women in taking the initial steps to have their businesses up and running by offering support and guidance in different aspects of self employment such as marketing, book keeping and registering for tax returns etc.
We uncovered that women want to develop their skills further in cooking and catering, sewing, hair and beauty, to generate an income using these skills. An 'Introduction to Catering' course was offered to give women a chance to experience what it would be like to take catering orders and to learn what it involved in the process. They also worked towards gaining a Food and Hygiene level 2 qualification. Two further courses, beauty therapies and advanced sewing skills were offered.
The Inspiring work project has ended, but we are continuing to offer courses in catering, hair and beauty. These are very popular short courses and we encourage women who are interested to put their names down on our waiting list.
Student A did not speak any English at all when she joined Roshni. All she spoke was her mother tongue, Tamil. Over the year, the project helped her to develop some conversational English, as well as improving her written skills. She is now able to complete her basic personal details in an application form. Her feedback form at the end of the year stated how much she had benefited from this course and that she would be pursuing her training further.
Student B was very keen and persistent in learning ICT skills. She achieved good basic skills on how to operate a PC, learnt about MS Word, how to save a file, how to upload photos to the computer, web search and email management. She went from not knowing how to switch on a computer, to being able to find a desired YouTube to watch.
Student C is getting Job Seeker Allowance and is very eager to find a job. She has been attending the Roshni Job club regularly for help to search for jobs on the web and make enquiries over the phone. Since she joined this programme she has had two interviews and one job offer (she could not take it up in the end because the hours offered were unsuitable to her childcare needs).