Bytes students Charlene, Maddie, Alex and Murray earned a ‘Laser’ qualification in Catering and Hospitality, which is administered by the Open College Network. The certificates were presented by Margaret Rundall, Trust Fundraising Manager and Jenny Collier, Senior Support Worker, who tutors the Bytes students.
At the evening ceremony, the students were congratulated in front of their friends, family, work placement supervisors and staff.
Margaret said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate how hard the people we support have worked to learn new skills and build their confidence. Courses like the Bytes program are accredited by national governing bodies, and the people we support can approach employers with a recognised qualification – which prepares them so well for the world of work. The next step is for employers to acknowledge these qualifications, and recognise the abilities of the people we support – it is on paper after all!”
The evening was also a chance to celebrate the Fusion Model strategy – and the impact it has made to services locally.
In front of the audience of family members, staff and local authority representatives, the Fusion Model of Support was given attention, as everyone learned about the different and creative ways that we support people using it.
Much of the spotlight was also focused on Jo Shugar, Support Worker, who was honoured for her inclusive pottery classes, designed to engage with the people we support who find participation difficult.
Emma Pithers, Regional Manager said: “This was a wonderful chance to showcase our strategy with a wide variety of people, and celebrate the accomplishments of the people we support and staff members who have enthusiastically made the Fusion Model more than a strategy, but a part of everything that we do.”